Category Archives: Nature Conservation Training

Shape before colour!

Entering the yurt on a cool, sunny autumn morning is always a delight. Sitting quietly, power point at the ready is Fraser, who will be leading our session today alongside his delightful canine assistants, Angel and Lola. Today, birds – a daunting subject of fast moving brown blobs to me. Being from a city with […]

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A Funky Fungi Day

The world of fungi, a vast kingdom that spreads across the lands making connections and relationships with all sorts of flora and fauna. The only way to get to know your fungi is to go out and get a little bit dirty, which is exactly what we did. Dr Christian Taylor, a fungi expert who […]

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An autumnal welcome to Ambios

As soon as I entered the lanes that led to Ambios farm and the grounds themselves, I was overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation of the weeks to come. It was like being transported to another world, one full of life round every corner and filled with colour; a far cry from Leeds where I’d come […]

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Week 1 at the farm

Winding down to the end of a long narrow road you arrive at the hidden Ambios site tucked away into the hillside. We were all greeted with warm hugs and smiles by Jack, Molly and the rest of the crew, before being introduced to the other trainees that we will be spending next 12 weeks […]

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Hester’s 9-month placement: 4 months in!

I started my nine-month placement in late September- I’d been looking forward to it all summer; having already gone through the three-month traineeship in the spring, I was constantly comparing the sweltering streets of my hometown of London with the shaded slopes and cool river of Lower Sharpham, much to the annoyance of everyone around […]

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Hedge Laying

Think of the actions of a beaver. They create dams that produce pools in which they can protect themselves from predators. A selfish act that results in a plethora of benefits for a wide variety of other flora and fauna. Last week myself and the other trainees learnt the art of hedge laying; a hedgerow […]

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Team Wilder’s First Impressions

Even though the three of us had to isolate for a week due to Covid secure measures we found ourselves active and time passed quickly.  We were warmly welcomed on arrival and taken care of with the provision of some delicious food kindly prepared by Ella and Phil who are both long term volunteers here […]

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Unfencing Sharpham

I have a new and lasting respect for the humble bramble. A few feet into a bush so tall and thick a modest dwelling could be tunnelled out of it, and I feel as if I’m in The Day of the Triffids. Spiny stems wrap themselves around my legs, flaying my jeans; an overhanging branch […]

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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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