Current Opportunities and Events

Every year Ambios deliver a range of nature conservation opportunities in both the UK and Europe. Some are suitable for students at the very beginning of a career in conservation. Some are suitable for seasoned wildlife professionals who want to improve their skills in a particular area. Some are even suitable for nature lovers who want to learn more about flora and fauna.

We also run events which are open to the general public, including our annual summer Farm and Wildlife Fayre which was a great success this year.

Please view our  calendar below to find an opportunity that is right for you. You can also keep updated about new courses and events  by joining our mailing list.

2018 Calendar

Film Screening

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

13th September 2018, 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Price: FREE

Come and join us in the Big Yurt at Lower Sharpham Farm to watch In Our Hands: Seeding Change, a feature documentary which explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed:

There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all. At the heart of all change lies a story, and In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society. This film has been created as an open source tool in order to debunk the myth of the industrial food system, and be a resource for farmers and activists in building a better world.

See trailer and more information about the film here.

Refreshments are available. If you’re interested in coming along please email

Directions by car from Totnes; Directions by foot/bike from Totnes

Teacher Training Programme

Free 2 week intensive training programme in partnership with The University of Exeter

10-21st September 2018

2 week course ¦ Price: FREE

This programme is for all University of Exeter students and 2017/2018 University of Exeter graduates. Fantastic experience in supportive growth mindset environment learning how to deliver great teaching and learning using the natural world as inspiration. No experience with wildlife necessary – it helps, but its not essential. What’s more important is your enthusiasm for learning. The programme also features guidance on personal focus and your goals for the future. From learning to drive to running an ecological consultancy, we’ve witnessed great little steps on whatever path you want to take.

A recent participant said “I had the most incredible two weeks… I think the Ambios way of learning could wholesale replace environmental courses.” Another previous participant on this programme now has an outreach job with us.

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Nature Conservation Traineeship

12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship: Lower Sharpham Farm

1st October – 21st December 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)

12 weeks. Erasmus+ funding available to some students.

This 12 week immersive residential placement teaches the foundation skills for a career in nature conservation as well as providing insights into working within the sector. Trainees will gain practical experience as well as exposure to a range of conservation organisations.   This may count towards university credits for biology and ecology courses and is available through Erasmus +.

Community Event

Barn Raising Barn Storming Barn Dance!

12th October, 7pm until late 

Price: £14.06 (Inc. BBQ) 

Come and join us for our Barn Raising, Barn Storming Barn Dance at Lower Sharpham Farm! There will be live music from a local Celtic ceilidh band, BBQ, bar, raffle and more.

For more information on this fund raising event and to book tickets please visit our page on Facebook and/or Ticket Tailor.

Short Course

GIS & GPS Biodiversity Mapping

2nd-3rd November 2018 

2 day course ¦ Price: £150

GIS and GPS technologies enable the mapping of species, which  can be used as a practical management tool as well as for interpretation and promoting public understanding of nature conservation. This combined GIS-GPS workshop offers a unique insight into both technologies and how they link together…

Short Course

Bird Identification

21st-22nd November 2018 

2 day course ¦ Price: £150

The course will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ of bird identification techniques to enable you to begin or continue your journey with bird recognition.  You will learn how to identify birds, making close observations to allow you to recognise different bird species…


Countryside Ranger #1 - Getting Your Message Across

28th November 2018 

Price: £75

Whatever your career you’ll need to communicate messages to different audiences. This 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…