Wildlife and conservation courses with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Learn wildlife identification, wildflowers, habitats, ecology, surveying techniques, photography, bush-craft weekends, wildlife art and more.

Learn about British wildlife and discover your talents. Develop your skills or discover a new hobby in a relaxed atmosphere with expert advice, whatever your abilities. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has an exciting programme of courses including:

Our classes will enable you to get closer to nature, improve your knowledge and help local wildlife. All our courses here are for adults over 18 years of age.

Hedgerow Frame Baskets – 2 Day Course
Hedgerow Frame Baskets – 2 Day Course
19 & 26 Feb 2018 - 10am - 2.30pm
Make your own frame basket to take home using materials gathered on the beautiful Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Basket making is an ancient craft; on week one you will harvest the  willow before learning how to create the framework of your basket using two hoops, binding them together using a God’s eye weave and adding in the ribs. On week two you will be able to gather more willow along with additional suitable natural materials including ivy, larch and broom enabling you to complete your frame basket and leave with a finished piece. The cost of all the materials and use of the tools to make a basket is included in the cost of the course.
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19 & 26 Feb 2018 – 10am – 2.30pm

Make your own frame basket to take home using materials gathered on the beautiful Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Basket making is an ancient craft; on week one you will harvest the  willow before learning how to create the framework of your basket using two hoops, binding them together using a God’s eye weave and adding in the ribs.

On week two you will be able to gather more willow along with additional suitable natural materials including ivy, larch and broom enabling you to complete your frame basket and leave with a finished piece. The cost of all the materials and use of the tools to make a basket is included in the cost of the course.

£95.00 Add to basket
Astronomy for Beginners 2018
Astronomy for Beginners 2018
20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 Mar 2018 7pm - 9pm
Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye. This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!) This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn: Week 1:  What is Astronomy? Week 2: Observing Equipment  Week 3: Deep Space Week 4: The Solar System 
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20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 Mar 2018 7pm – 9pm

Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.

This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!)

This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn:

Week 1:  What is Astronomy?

Week 2: Observing Equipment 

Week 3: Deep Space

Week 4: The Solar System 

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Explore the Shore Teachers and Leaders
Explore the Shore Teachers and Leaders
1 Mar 2018 - 3pm - 5:30pm
 Enhance your teaching skills on the sea shore. This course is an introductory outdoor course for teachers and leaders which is full of practical advice on leading activities with children on the beach. On the Exploring the Shore course you will learn:
  • How to run beach activities safely including what to include in a beach kit, key points for risk assessment, preparing for poor weather and setting boundaries.
  • Practical activity ideas for exploring a seashore habitat with primary school aged children
  • An overview of health and safety considerations when leading activities with groups of children on the beach
  • How to identify common seashore life
  • Ideas for low cost, simple activities and games to use with children on the beach
The whole course will be taught with a mixture of practical activities and group discussion.
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1 Mar 2018 – 3pm – 5:30pm

 Enhance your teaching skills on the sea shore. This course is an introductory outdoor course for teachers and leaders which is full of practical advice on leading activities with children on the beach.

On the Exploring the Shore course you will learn:

  • How to run beach activities safely including what to include in a beach kit, key points for risk assessment, preparing for poor weather and setting boundaries.
  • Practical activity ideas for exploring a seashore habitat with primary school aged children
  • An overview of health and safety considerations when leading activities with groups of children on the beach
  • How to identify common seashore life
  • Ideas for low cost, simple activities and games to use with children on the beach

The whole course will be taught with a mixture of practical activities and group discussion.

£35.00 Add to basket
Living willow domes and tunnels
Living willow domes and tunnels
4 Mar 2018 10am - 3pm
Willow domes and tunnels are a fantastic way to naturally enhance the play value of an area. Spend the day at Testwood Lakes and team build a dome and tunnel which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Learn the basics about:
  • The basics about willow as a species
  • How to plan a willow construction
  • Build your own small living willow construction in a bucket to take home
  • Visit the living willow structures at Testwood Lakes and demonstrate how to build a dome and tunnel
  • The basics about how to care for and maintain your willow structure
You will plan and build your own small living willow construction in a bucket which you can take home at the end of the course and learn the basics of how to care and maintain your new willow structure. Particularly suitable for school or nursery staff, or anyone with an interest in living willow structures, you will leave with the design and build knowledge required for recreating something similar in your own education or play space.. You will leave with the skills and techniques required to create a living willow structure in your own education or play space.
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4 Mar 2018 10am – 3pm

Willow domes and tunnels are a fantastic way to naturally enhance the play value of an area. Spend the day at Testwood Lakes and team build a dome and tunnel which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Learn the basics about:

  • The basics about willow as a species
  • How to plan a willow construction
  • Build your own small living willow construction in a bucket to take home
  • Visit the living willow structures at Testwood Lakes and demonstrate how to build a dome and tunnel
  • The basics about how to care for and maintain your willow structure

You will plan and build your own small living willow construction in a bucket which you can take home at the end of the course and learn the basics of how to care and maintain your new willow structure.

Particularly suitable for school or nursery staff, or anyone with an interest in living willow structures, you will leave with the design and build knowledge required for recreating something similar in your own education or play space..

You will leave with the skills and techniques required to create a living willow structure in your own education or play space.

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Pond & Stream Dipping for Adults
Pond & Stream Dipping for Adults
16 Mar 18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
You’re never too old to enjoy pond dipping and learn all about the fascinating wildlife species that live in natural water bodies and surveying techniques for ponds and streams. Water is teaming with life so you are sure to find lots of interesting creatures on the day. On the Pond and stream dipping course for adults you will learn:
  • How to use a key to identify the creatures you will find
  • The techniques of safe pond and stream dipping
  • How to compare the pond and stream environments
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16 Mar 18 – 9:30am – 12:30pm

You’re never too old to enjoy pond dipping and learn all about the fascinating wildlife species that live in natural water bodies and surveying techniques for ponds and streams.

Water is teaming with life so you are sure to find lots of interesting creatures on the day. On the Pond and stream dipping course for adults you will learn:

  • How to use a key to identify the creatures you will find
  • The techniques of safe pond and stream dipping
  • How to compare the pond and stream environments
£35.00 Add to basket
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
17 Mar 2018 - 9.30am - 12.30pm
Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills. Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner. You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within. Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?  
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17 Mar 2018 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills.

Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner.

You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within.

Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?

 

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Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Taster Day – Testwood Lakes
17 Mar 2018 10am - 1pm
A half day introduction to the Forest School approach. You will be introduced to the ethos and benefits of Forest School as well as getting hands on experience with typical activities. This course is a fully immersive experience that will give you a clear understanding of what Forest School is all about and whether certified Forest School training is right for you. We will look at the approach to risk management that is an integral part of the process, for both leaders and children. Our Forest School Experience aims to inspire you to follow your interests and consider how the approach could relate to your setting. We will introduce aspects of Forest School:
  • Ethos and benefits of forest school
  • Understanding and managing risk
  • Creativity & exploration: learning through child led play
  • Reflection and progression
through discussion and hands on activities which are fun and inspiring.
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17 Mar 2018 10am – 1pm

A half day introduction to the Forest School approach. You will be introduced to the ethos and benefits of Forest School as well as getting hands on experience with typical activities. This course is a fully immersive experience that will give you a clear understanding of what Forest School is all about and whether certified Forest School training is right for you.

We will look at the approach to risk management that is an integral part of the process, for both leaders and children.

Our Forest School Experience aims to inspire you to follow your interests and consider how the approach could relate to your setting.

We will introduce aspects of Forest School:

  • Ethos and benefits of forest school
  • Understanding and managing risk
  • Creativity & exploration: learning through child led play
  • Reflection and progression

through discussion and hands on activities which are fun and inspiring.

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Sale! Path through woodlands at Blashford Lakes by Peter Hutchings
Digital wildlife photography spring workshops
Starts 17 Mar 2018 10am

The complete set of all 4 of our digital wildlife photography workshops. Understand your camera and learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own digital camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to take beautiful photographs of wildlife.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up. Each workshop is designed to build up your knowledge and confidence in photography.
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Starts 17 Mar 2018 10am

The complete set of all 4 of our digital wildlife photography workshops. Understand your camera and learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own digital camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to take beautiful photographs of wildlife.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up. Each workshop is designed to build up your knowledge and confidence in photography.

£240.00 £216.00 Add to basket
Dockens Water at Blashford Lakes
Digital wildlife photography basics 1
17 Mar 2018 10am - 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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17 Mar 2018 10am – 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Shoresearch Intertidal Surveying
Shoresearch Intertidal Surveying
18 Mar 2018 12noon - 6pm
Secrets of the Solent Intertidal Surveying course is an introduction to our marine life and intertidal survey methods to enable you to be confident to conduct surveys in the future. In a day filled with presentations, field work and discussions you will:
  • Start in the classroom and cover basic shore ecology and threats to biodiversity
  • Take part in an ID session covering different groups of seaweeds, sponges and animals.
  • Be given an overview of the survey methods in the classroom
  • Take a short walk to the beach to conduct a survey, put the skills into practice and ask any questions.
At the end of the course you will have gained confidence in conducting these surveys as a volunteer.  You will also enrich your knowledge of marine and coastal wildlife and conservation work in the Solent and seas around the Isle of Wight. The survey involves up to 2 ½ hours walking and crouching.
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18 Mar 2018 12noon – 6pm

Secrets of the Solent Intertidal Surveying course is an introduction to our marine life and intertidal survey methods to enable you to be confident to conduct surveys in the future.

In a day filled with presentations, field work and discussions you will:

  • Start in the classroom and cover basic shore ecology and threats to biodiversity
  • Take part in an ID session covering different groups of seaweeds, sponges and animals.
  • Be given an overview of the survey methods in the classroom
  • Take a short walk to the beach to conduct a survey, put the skills into practice and ask any questions.

At the end of the course you will have gained confidence in conducting these surveys as a volunteer.  You will also enrich your knowledge of marine and coastal wildlife and conservation work in the Solent and seas around the Isle of Wight.

The survey involves up to 2 ½ hours walking and crouching.

£25.00 Add to basket
Owl Pellets for Adults
Owl Pellets for Adults
19 March 2018 - 5:30pm - 7pm
This course provides fascinating look at the diet of owls just for adults, why should the kids have all the fun? Investigate the contents of barn owl pellets and learn how to identify what you find inside. Owl pellets are parcels or fur and bones, ejected by an owl after a meal. They provide fascinating clues about what owls have been feeding on in a particular area. On the Owl Pellets for Adults course you will: • How to dissect a barn owl pellet using simple equipment • How to identify the small mammal (and possibly other) bones found inside using keys and other information • Health and safety and legalities surrounding the collecting of pellets. The evening will start with a short presentation and the emphasis will be on having a go at dissecting owl pellets and identifying the animal parts inside.
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19 March 2018 – 5:30pm – 7pm

This course provides fascinating look at the diet of owls just for adults, why should the kids have all the fun?

Investigate the contents of barn owl pellets and learn how to identify what you find inside. Owl pellets are parcels or fur and bones, ejected by an owl after a meal. They provide fascinating clues about what owls have been feeding on in a particular area.

On the Owl Pellets for Adults course you will:
• How to dissect a barn owl pellet using simple equipment
• How to identify the small mammal (and possibly other) bones found inside using keys and other information
• Health and safety and legalities surrounding the collecting of pellets.

The evening will start with a short presentation and the emphasis will be on having a go at dissecting owl pellets and identifying the animal parts inside.

£35.00 Add to basket
Bushcraft Introduction Weekend
Bushcraft Introduction Weekend
Starts 24 Mar 2018 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID
We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.
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Starts 24 Mar 2018 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:

  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID

We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.

£95.00 Add to basket
Digital wildlife photography basics 2
Digital wildlife photography basics 2
24 Mar 2018 10am - 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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24 Mar 2018 10am – 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Wildlife Gardening
Wildlife Gardening
21 Apr 2018 10am - 3pm
Learn how to welcome wildlife into your garden, the variety of wildlife that you can attract and which plants will attract wildlife. Your tutor Susan will start the session with a bit of a brainstorm of ideas and then you will look at how wildlife habitats to attract and help wildlife can be created in more detail. Sometime will be spent outside exploring the dry garden, wildflower meadow and pond at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve. Discover more about:
  • How to create mini wildlife habitats
  • Plants for pollinators
  • Wildlife species your garden can attract
  • Planting options for borders and wildflower meadows
  • Useful plants for wildlife
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21 Apr 2018 10am – 3pm

Learn how to welcome wildlife into your garden, the variety of wildlife that you can attract and which plants will attract wildlife. Your tutor Susan will start the session with a bit of a brainstorm of ideas and then you will look at how wildlife habitats to attract and help wildlife can be created in more detail.

Sometime will be spent outside exploring the dry garden, wildflower meadow and pond at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve.

Discover more about:

  • How to create mini wildlife habitats
  • Plants for pollinators
  • Wildlife species your garden can attract
  • Planting options for borders and wildflower meadows
  • Useful plants for wildlife
£50.00 Add to basket
Digital wildlife photography macro
Digital wildlife photography macro
21 Apr 2018 10am - 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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21 Apr 2018 10am – 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects.
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Management of Chalk Rivers
Management of Chalk Rivers
26 Apr 2018 9:30am – 5:30pm
Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:
  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
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26 Apr 2018 9:30am – 5:30pm

Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:

  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
£80.00 Add to basket
Digital wildlife photography birds
Digital wildlife photography birds
28 Apr 2018 10am - 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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28 Apr 2018 10am – 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings.

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Woodlands in Spring
Woodlands in Spring
4 May 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Woodlands come alive in spring and are rich and diverse habitats for wildlife. On our Woodlands in Spring course we will discuss the history, ecology and inhabitants of ancient woodland and look at some of the species, including carpets of Hampshire’s famous bluebells, associated with this special habitat. In relaxed morning of discussions, observations and practising wildlife identification using FSC guides you will learn basic skills in:
  • Tree identification
  • Wildflower/ancient woodland indicator identification
  • Wildlife identification
  • Basic woodland management
  • Basic woodland ecology overview
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4 May 2018 9:30am – 12:30pm

Woodlands come alive in spring and are rich and diverse habitats for wildlife. On our Woodlands in Spring course we will discuss the history, ecology and inhabitants of ancient woodland and look at some of the species, including carpets of Hampshire’s famous bluebells, associated with this special habitat.

In relaxed morning of discussions, observations and practising wildlife identification using FSC guides you will learn basic skills in:

  • Tree identification
  • Wildflower/ancient woodland indicator identification
  • Wildlife identification
  • Basic woodland management
  • Basic woodland ecology overview
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Water Vole Survey Techniques
Water Vole Survey Techniques
18 May 2018 10am - 3pm
Learn about the ecology, the habitat and the techniques used in surveying water voles. You will learn water vole surveying, health and safety and how to complete the survey forms before spending the rest of the session outdoors on Winnall Moors where you will experience a real water vole survey and put your new skills into practice. The Water vole surveying techniques course will cover:
  • An overview of water vole ecology.
  • An understanding of the threats to these species.
  • An understanding of and some practical experience in using the techniques involved in surveying for water voles.
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18 May 2018 10am – 3pm

Learn about the ecology, the habitat and the techniques used in surveying water voles. You will learn water vole surveying, health and safety and how to complete the survey forms before spending the rest of the session outdoors on Winnall Moors where you will experience a real water vole survey and put your new skills into practice.

The Water vole surveying techniques course will cover:

  • An overview of water vole ecology.
  • An understanding of the threats to these species.
  • An understanding of and some practical experience in using the techniques involved in surveying for water voles.
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Wildlife Gardening Wild About Ponds
Wildlife Gardening Wild About Ponds
19 May 2018 10am - 1pm
Learn how to site and build your own wildlife pond, plant and maintain it to attract and help wildlife. It doesn't matter if you have a large country garden or a small urban space ponds and water features are an attractive addition to any garden design. Water is vital for all living things and an important habitat for lots of species, a pond of any size is a great way you can help wildlife. On our Wild About Ponds wildlife pond making course you will discover how a pond is a welcoming attraction to your wildlife garden. You will discover the basics about creating a pond including:
  • How to site your pond
  • Building your pond
  • Maintaining your pond
  • Plants and planting your pond
  • Enjoying your pond – including pond dipping equipment and basics of identification of the wildlife you can find living in your pond.
You will receive a free Wildlife Gardening Information Pack as part of the course. The FSC Freshwater Name Trail will be available to purchase on the day of the course.
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19 May 2018 10am – 1pm

Learn how to site and build your own wildlife pond, plant and maintain it to attract and help wildlife.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large country garden or a small urban space ponds and water features are an attractive addition to any garden design. Water is vital for all living things and an important habitat for lots of species, a pond of any size is a great way you can help wildlife.

On our Wild About Ponds wildlife pond making course you will discover how a pond is a welcoming attraction to your wildlife garden. You will discover the basics about creating a pond including:

  • How to site your pond
  • Building your pond
  • Maintaining your pond
  • Plants and planting your pond
  • Enjoying your pond – including pond dipping equipment and basics of identification of the wildlife you can find living in your pond.

You will receive a free Wildlife Gardening Information Pack as part of the course. The FSC Freshwater Name Trail will be available to purchase on the day of the course.

£35.00 Add to basket
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire
Starts Mon 21 May 2018
Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course. Training Week:  Monday 21 to Friday 25 May 2018 2 Portfolio Days: Saturday 15 September & Friday 19 October 2018 Skills Weekend: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018 Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands. Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning. The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.
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Starts Mon 21 May 2018

Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Week:  Monday 21 to Friday 25 May 2018

2 Portfolio Days: Saturday 15 September & Friday 19 October 2018

Skills Weekend: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

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Wild flower identification for beginners
Wild flower identification for beginners
8 Jun 2018 10am – 3pm
Learn the basics skills of wild flower identification on our relaxed, wild flower identification for beginners course. You will spend the day learning to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and start to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant and the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification. Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of plant keys you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:
  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant ID terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups
During the wildflower identification for beginners course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.
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8 Jun 2018 10am – 3pm

Learn the basics skills of wild flower identification on our relaxed, wild flower identification for beginners course.

You will spend the day learning to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and start to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant and the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification.

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of plant keys you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant ID terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups

During the wildflower identification for beginners course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

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Dockens Water at Blashford Lakes
Digital wildlife photography basics 1
16 Jun 2018 10am - 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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16 Jun 2018 10am – 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Digital wildlife photography basics 2
Digital wildlife photography basics 2
23 Jun 2018 10am – 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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23 Jun 2018 10am – 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Digital wildlife photography macro
Digital wildlife photography macro
30 Jun 10am – 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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30 Jun 10am – 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects.
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Digital wildlife photography birds
Digital wildlife photography birds
7 Jul 2018 10am – 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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7 Jul 2018 10am – 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings.

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire October 18
Starts Mon 8 Oct 2018
Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course. Training Week:  Monday 8 to Friday 12 October 2018 2 Portfolio Days: TBA Skills Weekend: TBA Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands. Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning. The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.
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Starts Mon 8 Oct 2018

Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Week:  Monday 8 to Friday 12 October 2018

2 Portfolio Days: TBA

Skills Weekend: TBA

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

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