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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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Be a volunteer, an extraordinary experience

I’m finally in England. On the way to Lower Sharpham Farm, in Devon. Ready to spend my next 5 weeks surrounded by sheep, cows and hens. But on the bus I don’t feel very well, stress starts to rise and a question persists in my head : how will it go ? I arrived at […]

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Teambuilding Week

Ronja, one of our nature conservation trainees from Germany, reflects on her first week here at Lower Sharpham Farm… Monday, “check-in”-date. You arrive at a farm in the middle of nowhere placed between rolling hills, forests, ferns and sheep. You enter the bunkhouse and there it is: your team for the next 3 months, 11 […]

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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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