Countryside Ranger #1 – Getting your message across


Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2017 ¦  Price: £50 ¦ Only 2 places remaining!
This 2 day workshop is subsidised to make it a very accessible learning experience.

Whatever your career (Countryside Ranger, archaeologist, Environmental manager, scientist) you’ll need to communicate messages to different audiences. The training will discuss what makes good interpretation (from talks to walks to leaflets and static boards) and how technology can open up new audiences.  It will cover how to give a successful live presentation, lead a guided walk and produce a design brief for a leaflet or interpretation board. This training offers a supportive environment in which you can explore your own potential and gain new experiences and skills that can be directly and immediately applied in the workplace or during interview situations.

Who is this training for?

This training is for students and volunteers of NGOs who are seeking employment or who have just gained their first job in the nature conservation / biodiversity management sector and anyone seeking a career that will involve these types of verbal and written communication.  If you want to gain the skills needed to give a live presentation to different audiences, guiding walks and producing leaflets and static interpretation boards all in the context of emerging technologies, this course if for you.  Participants will expect to increase their theoretical and practical understanding in these key employability skills.

How it works

This course provides positive support to you as your prepare to perform open communication of different kinds.  Before you come you will need to compile an illustrated talk on any subject of your choosing.  The talk should be based on no more than six PowerPoint or Prezi slides and you should bring these to the course on a memory stick.  You will also be given time on the course to prepare to lead a guided walk and talk about a subject of your choice.

Who is delivering the training

Ambios team Simon Roper and Fraser Rush are experienced trainers and their work gives them a unique insight into the needs of employers in the wildlife management sector.  Simon has worked in communications in nature conservation for many years starting locally at Devon Wildlife Trust and then nationally with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.  He co-founded Ambios Ltd not-for-profit in 2001 to help provide training opportunities for the existing and next generation of wildlife professionals.  Fraser was a field ecologist and Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserves manager before moving to East Devon District Council Countryside Management team. He now runs his own company, manufacturing bird ringing and bat research equipment.  Both have run Field Studies Council and University courses and offer a wealth of employment experience.  As a team, their combined knowledge, enthusiasm and practical understanding combine to produce an outstanding learning experience for all course participants.

Accommodation (To be booked separately)

Our ‘cabin’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and a kitchen with a large comfortable lounge and woodstove.  Our Yurt is fully insulated with carpets and a woodstove.  The accommodation is part of our working farm, managed for biodiversity and learning.  It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows and spectacular views of the River Dart and is surrounded by idyllic countryside.  This is a secure and tranquil place for relaxing between learning sessions.  All meals are provided from local produce (direct from our farm where possible) with special dietary requirements catered for on request.  Free Wi-Fi is available within the training spaces.

To book your stay please email or use the message box below.

How To Apply

If you would like to join us for this workshop, please register and pay using the form below. If you have any further questions, or would like to check accommodation availability, you can contact us on 01803 732747 or

Getting Here

Our address is Lower Sharpham Farm, Ahsprington, Totnes TQ9 7DX.

Our nearest train station is 2.5 miles away in Totnes. From there, you can either take a taxi, or enjoy the peaceful journey along the traffic-free cycle/footpath.

Directions by foot/bike along the traffic-free cycle path from Totnes.