Calendar

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 and Barn Raising, Barn Storming Barn Dance in October.

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.

2019/ 2020 Calendar

Community Event

Barn Raising, Barn Storming Barn Dance

18th October 2019, 7pm – late

Join us for the return of our annual barn raising, barn storming barn dance at Lower Sharpham Farm !

Dance the night away to live music from local ceilidh band Banned from the Moor in this beautiful South Devon setting. Be sure to try your luck in our fantastic prize-giving raffle too, and show your competitive side in our fun barnyard games.

The bar will be run by the brilliant Copper Stallion, and there will be a delicious BBQ using our very own organic free range produce. Vegetarian options are also available. Tickets are £15, including a burger.

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Short Course

GIS & GPS Biodiversity Mapping

16th – 17th November 2019; £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. You will be able to use both a hand held GPS unit and open source (free!) GIS software to map and record biodiversity data.

Short Course

Bird Identification

20th – 21st November 2019; £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. You will learn how to use binoculars, learn which bird characteristics to look for as well as how to conduct a simple bird survey. All these tools will assist you with your own bird identification while also equipping you with techniques you can use to show other people how they too can identify birds.

Short course

Countryside Ranger - Getting Your Message Across

Wednesday 11th December 2019; £75

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.

European Wildlife/ Nature Conservation Placements

Wildlife Survey and Interpretation Skills Course

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to experience vocational wildlife conservation placements abroad? Would you like to upgrade your wildlife survey and interpretation skills? Join one of our work based training programmes in one of six EU countries to help you progress into a career in nature conservation.

Places for our LONG (15 week) programme are all full until 2020 applications open again in October 2019.

Places for our SHORT (3 week) programme are still available for 2019.

Nature Conservation Traineeship

12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship: Lower Sharpham Farm

SPRING: 31st March – 19th June 2020

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 +.

Nature Conservation Traineeship

12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship: Lower Sharpham Farm

SUMMER: 30th June – 18th September 2020

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 +.

Nature Conservation Traineeship

12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship: Lower Sharpham Farm

AUTUMN: 29th September – 18th December 2020

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 +.