Wildlife Champions training scheme open for entries
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Wildlife Champion training programme is now open for registration until 31st August 2016. The programme is aimed at anyone interested in wildlife, conservation and their local community.
Suitable for anyone over 16 living in Dorset, this training scheme is aimed at all abilities. Each unit of the programme is accredited by AQA, with a certificate awarded on completion of the unit. Units available are grouped into four areas: Wildlife gardener, practical conservationist, teaching and engagement and campaigner.
Enjoy spending time with like-minded people and develop a hobby
The Great Heath Team’s Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, is leading the scheme for DWT. She said, “The wildlife champions programme is really flexible, so even people already in a full time job can achieve their goals. The units are grouped into categories to give the champion some focus, or the units can be mixed depending on capabilities and interest. In previous years, wildlife champions have told us that they enjoy being with like-minded people on the course, developing a hobby and diversifying their CV. We are looking forward to welcoming the class of 2016!”
Units are accredited by AQA
Units include butterfly identification, marine conservation, hedgelaying, leading a guided walk, managing volunteers, communicating through the media or planning and wildlife law. To become a fully accredited ‘Wildlife Champion’, 6 units will need to be completed. It is hoped that once fully accredited, Wildlife Champions will work within their local community helping to manage local wildlife areas and enthuse others to care for wildlife in Dorset.
Find out more and register until 31st August...
Training will take place in a variety of locations in Dorset, including DWT’s HQ near Dorchester, and the Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen, Poole. Assessment will include completion of tasks, and question worksheets. There are no exams.
It costs £60 to take part in the training scheme, which can be completed between September 2016 – June 2017. If you are interested, you can register here. If you have any questions, contact Katie at or phone 01202 692033.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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