Author Archives: Ellie

Useful Lockdown Learning

So, you’re stuck at home, can’t go to work/university but want to fill your time with something useful.  I suggest this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about wildlife.  This is the kind of knowledge that’s hard to gain without some practice.  Courses are available, but there is still no substitute for spending time practicing by […]

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Learn about leadership

With the benefit of having some grey hair, which means I’ve been around on the planet for a while, I have noticed that the young people Ambios helped towards achieving their goals for nature, science, education and employment have moved on…  Many have become the current generation of wildlife professionals.  This is due to their […]

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Top tips for improving your ID skills during lockdown

In our recent blog we talked about the value of undertaking a bit of reseach to enhance your understanding of the nature conservation sector and who the key players are, what they do and how they work. It sounds obvious perhaps, but do remember that the ability to search and research via the internet is […]

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Developing your survey skills during lockdown

How did you get on with the research we talk about in Blog 1 and any of the practical activities we talk about in Blog 2?  Please do let us know. You can work in nature conservation whatever you’re interested in studying.  All employers need a diverse range of skills.  From leadership to project management […]

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Nature conservation training whilst on lockdown

A few days ago a student made contact with us asking about what they could do to keep going with their #natureconservationtraining while on lockdown.  They had lined up various volunteering opportunities to gather experience which had been put on hold for the time being. If you’re thinking about becoming a Countryside Ranger, Wildlife Conservation […]

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Week 3: Surveys and Sunday Strolls

Time is flying here at Ambios! We have already completed week three of our training. This week we continued learning about bird and plant identification with Mike. Mike also taught us how to conduct bird and plant surveys by using quadrats. We are now able to identify birds such as blue tits, mallards, and buzzards. […]

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Week 1: Arriving at Ambios

When we arrived at Lower Sharpham Farm last week to commence a 12-week nature conservation traineeship with Ambios, we were slightly anxious amid a Covid-19 riddled world. Yet, we were not without a smile.                 Our group, consisting of four girls from England and France, had been asked to arrive one week early in case […]

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Winter Bird Watching

It’s not easy to keep your students’ attention up when teaching and harder still to inspire interest and passion in a subject: Fraser Rush is very good at both. On the 20th and 21st of November we followed his two day course on bird ID: despite the fact that we were working from pictures of […]

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Watch out…spooky creatures all around!

Halloween has come around (although the shelves in the supermarkets try to tell us it is Christmas already) and soon witches, ghosts and vampires will be populating our planet for this one night of the year. Spiderwebs and bats will be decorating the….. but wait, what is that? Rewind…. Bats… are seen by people as […]

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