Courses

Why Manage Woodland?

Woodland is wonderful for its own sake. However, we can have the benefits of healthy ecosystems and beautiful landscapes in productive forestry. Unfortunately, much of our native broadleaf woodland is undermanaged, damaged by grey squirrels and prevented from regeneration by grazing pressure from livestock and deer.

Lantra Accredited Grey Squirrel Management Course

5th February, 2022 and 5th March 2022. Other dates available on request.

£140 per student. Maximum 6 students (2 bookings are required for the course to run)

Whether you wish to protect your young trees from damage or be part of expanding red squirrel habitat, this brand new British Red Squirrel course is a must! The Lantra accredited course covers squirrel ecology, reasons for management, law, working together, health and safety plus a theory and practical assessment. You will be made aware of the work of the UK Squirrel Accord. Your instructor, David Brown, will support you to leave with the knowledge and confidence to protect woodland and red squirrels from greys and your award will demonstrate competence to woodland owners. Contact us to book a course or enquire about other dates.

Woodland Management

Dates pending.

Yes! Broadleaf woodland can be managed to produce beautiful native hardwood timbers and support our native biodiversity. Join us for a day discussing silviculture from tree planting to harvesting saw logs. Consider the different benefits you can get from woodland. Be aware of the law including felling, installing forest infrastructure, and habitat and species protection.

Dates for 2022 will be released soon and courses will be bookable direct or through the Woodland Skills Centre. Contact us if you wish to be included on our mailing list.

Grey Squirrel Control (Not Accredited)

Dates pending.

This course is run through the Woodland Skills Centre and is not assessed. Most of the day will be spent walking through the woodland at Bron Haul, undertaking grey squirrel control whilst discussing the reasons for controlling greys and being immersed in our demonstration of the wonderfully healthy, productive native woodland we can have if we are successful. You will be made aware of the law regarding grey squirrel control and special considerations in areas with red squirrels. Discover the work of the UK Squirrel Accord. You will leave confident of your knowledge and ability to control grey squirrels safely, effectively and legally.

Dates for 2022 will be released soon and courses will be bookable direct or through the Woodland Skills Centre. Contact us if you wish to be included on our mailing list.

 

In their report ‘Bringing Woodland into Management: the missed opportunities in England and Wales (1999) the Royal Forestry Society summarised their assessment of undermanagement of woodland as ‘…not only a wasted economic opportunity, it is a lost chance to increase carbon capture and storage and improve biodiversity; it is also undermining the health and resilience of these woodlands, making it more likely that eventually they will become derelict.’

The greatest threat to our native woodland is the American grey squirrel. The Royal Forestry Society released two reports in 2021 assessing the economic cost of grey squirrel damage and collating the responses of survey respondents to questions of their experience of grey squirrel impacts and control. 39 partnership organisations, including many of our most well-known and loved conservation charities, are working together under the UK Squirrel Accord to provide a landscape scale solution to the grey squirrel, whilst dedicated activists are working in their local groups to protect red squirrels against greys across the country under the banner British Red Squirrel. The move to recover the health of our woodland ecosystems from this non-native invasive is well underway. Are you ready to join?

By applying appropriate management, we have the choice to instead create a healthy and productive native woodland resource for the benefit of ourselves and future generations.

Join us in the regenerative management of woodland; defying the double myths of mixed native broadleaf woodland as areas of timber fit only for burning or of untouchable habitat!

 

Beautiful, Biodiverse, Productive Broadleaf