Over the last few years staff at Exmoor National Park Authority have been working in partnership with many organisations to deliver a programme of wildlife training events for volunteers.
This began with a pilot project in 2013 during which time 21 training events were held which were attended by over 400 people. This pilot was subsequently taken forward as part of the New Ecologists Project in 2014, again with over 400 people participating in the free training workshops. During 2013 and 2014 the training programmes included a mix of one-off ‘taster’ events and specific survey training events, designed to help volunteers take part in future surveys for species such as otters and dormice.
The training programme for 2015 is now available, with events ranging from wildflower and winter tree identification, to otter and nightjar surveys. Some of these events have been run in previous years while some are new events for 2015, which will cover subjects including hedgehogs, bees and beetles. This year’s events are set to be very popular; indeed the first training event of 2015, a lichen training day which took place at the end of February, was fully booked within 48 hours of advertising. Where possible popular events will be repeated.
Full details of the 2015 training programme and instructions on how to reserve your place can be found on the ENPA website.