Dec 10 BTCV environmental courses By Tracy

Thinking of a career in conservation or countryside management. . . or maybe just want to brush up your knowledge and experience . . . or discover more hands-on ways to address climate change challenges?The best way to learn practical skills is  ‘hands on’ and that is the underlying principle of our environmental training courses.

BTCV, the country’s largest practical conservation charity, offer you the chance to gain recognised qualifications to set you up whether you are looking for your ‘perfect job’ in the great outdoors or to ensure your techniques for managing your own site are top notch.

And in this our 50th year, when you sign up you will be helping by becoming one of our Carbon Army – combating the effects of climate change by helping manage our environment more effectively.

Run from our offices near Ninfield and Lewes, you will learn a range of skills by undertaking real projects around East Sussex. Combined with some classroom sessions, the training provides knowledge and experience on a wide range of subjects.

The Level 1 package – a Diploma in Land-based Operations and competency tickets in chainsaw use – is an introductory course that enables you to get to grips with hand-tools and chainsaws and learn how to safely and effectively tackle tasks such as woodland management, hedging and planting.

The Level 2 package – An NVQ in Environmental Conservation and competency tickets in chainsaw and brushcutter or chipper use –gives you the opportunity to further develop your practical skills. Tasks undertaken are season-dependent but topics covered by the course include, all aspects of habitat management, constructing and maintaining boundaries and environmental good practice.

Both packages are part-time and run in partnership with Plumpton College, and we are currently recruiting for the next course starting in January.

For an information pack and application form contact Sue Meyer on 01403 730572 or via email


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