20 December 2018

GWCT to launch new conservation course

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GWCT’s Allerton Project is launching a new course aimed at agronomists, farmers and land agents on farmland conservation management.

The BETA Conservation Management course provides a qualification that covers a wealth of practical expertise in protecting and enhancing natural resources as well as establishing and managing conservation areas.

Run across three days, the core course will set environmental management in the context of commercial farm practice and is timely as environmental stewardship becomes an increasingly important part of overall farm and land management post Brexit.

The course focuses on farmland wildlife habitats, farming and the wider environment, soil management and the water and environmental protection. It also covers a full-range of issues such as cross-compliance, environmental management, conservation or countryside stewardship agreements.

An understanding of why these issues matter within a commercial farming context and how they can contribute to profitability of a farm business will be delivered to the candidates.

There are six courses in 2019 which are split into three sections. The core course will be run over two days with the third day covering the agricultural specialism. There will be a further one-day course for the environmental specialism and an exam day for all modules. The agricultural specialism is designed to outline aspects of integrated farm management and the environmental specialism builds on management of the natural environment for both conservation and commercial use.

“The team is really looking forward to delivering the material as farming expects to face some serious challenges in a year’s time,” said organiser Amelia Woolford.

The three-day course costs £499+ plus VAT, but there are options to do a one-day course at a £120+VAT.

For full details, visit https://www.gwct.org.uk/allerton/education-and-training/beta-conservation-management-certificate/

Alternatively, for more information, contact Amelia on 01572 718730 or email awoolford@gwct.org.uk

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:
Eleanor Williams
Telephone: 07592 025476
Email: press@gwct.org.uk