Category Archives: Nature Conservation Training

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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Grassland survey on Lower Sharpham Farm

As summer moved across the country, it was time to conduct the grassland survey on the meadows of Lower Sharpham Farm. In 2011, there was a first study which aimed to record the different plant species which could be found in the fields. Ten quadrats of 1 sqm were investigated in every field to compile […]

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Bird Nest Box Survey

Bird Nest Box Survey at Lower Sharpham Farm At Sharpham farm, surveying biodiversity is one of the core activities of the traineeship program that runs throughout the year. The Bird Nest Box Survey is conducted from March to July, and involves the check-up of the 67 nest boxes on a weekly basis during that period. […]

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How do you like them apples?

Over the past couple of months, the volunteers at Lower Sharpham Farm have been focusing on pruning and cropping fruit trees in the orchard. This work was initiated by Florient, a former volunteer who raised awareness about taking care of the trees through his personal project. Florient invited Charles, a professional arborist who has spent […]

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