Wildlife survey & interpretation skills course (co-funded by ERASMUS+)

Vocational wildlife conservation training in UK and EU + employer recognition of skills

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to experience vocational wildlife conservation placements abroad? Would you like to improve or upgrade your wildlife survey and interpretation skills?  Join our Wildlife Survey and Interpretation Skills (WSIS) course and experience UK training plus time in one of six EU countries to help you progress into a career in nature conservation.  You pay for the UK residential, on-line learning and pastoral support elements of the programme and Erasmus+ funds the mobility.  Longer term (14.5week) mobilities also come with  UK networking with employers and a designated mentor for 3months post mobility.

SHORT (UK residential + 2 week mobility + UK celebration day) programme places are available for Portugal and Hungary.  UK element SPECIAL PRICE – £599

Places for our LONG (UK residential + 14.5 week mobility + UK celebration day) programmes are full until 2020 applications open again in October 2019. 


  • UK training residential – introduction to wildlife skills & mobility information
  • The mobility part of this course is funded by ERASMUS+
  • Choose your EU destination: Norway, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Spain, Italy
  • Build key skills in recognising field signs of birds or mammals
  • Participate in bird or mammal public engagement and science communication
  • Gain recognition of your new skills from employers via e-badging and Europass
  • Expand your confidence, thinking and motivation
  • Progress towards employment


The programmes

Places for our 15 week LONG programme have been filled for 2019. Limited places available for our SHORT programme!

Each programme consists of:

  • UK residential wildlife survey & interpretation skills with fellow participants
  • 35 hours of on-line interactive learning in your own time and at your own pace
  • A two week or 14 week practical experience with one of our European nature conservation partner organisations
  • UK residential post mobility for feedback/networking

UK residential pre-mobility

The UK residential take place on the Sharpham Estate, either at our Farm or at the main house. Our residential facilities are set within the idyllic Dart River Valley in South Devon. Here, you will build on your current skills with practical wildlife focused activities, teamwork and communication skills.

You will gain:

  • Practical bird and mammal identification experiences
  • Skills to develop and deliver wildlife themed presentations, as part of a team
  • Knowledge of different EU cultures, languages and working practices
  • Time to prepare for your mobility experience, ask questions and gain answers
  • Opportunities to build your team-working, communication and leadership skills
  • Time to think about your personal goals for your European mobility time
  • A chance to expand your confidence, thinking and motivation
  • A supportive nature conservation network for the future

On-line Interactive Learning

If your application is successful, you will have access to our on-line interactive learning environment, which will guide you through the learning you need to maximise your gain from the this vocational course.

The Units are: 1. Bird Identification, 2. Bird life trapping and handling techniques and 3. Planning and Delivering Live Interpretation.

You will work your way through the learning materials for a number Wildlife Survey and Interpretation Skills Units. Each section of learning materials is followed by a review (of that learning).  When you’ve successfully progressed through the review stages you will receive an e-badge for that Unit.   These badges help to enhance your employability and will be endorsed by the employers involved in this project from both the UK and EU.

For the course that includes 2-week mobilities you will work at Apprentice level, doing tasks under supervision. For the course that includes a 14-week mobility you will work at start at Apprentice level and then undertake some tasks autonomously (Practitioner level) and one task at Specialist level (with authority).

European Mobilities

Your residential in the UK will prepare you for your chosen programme abroad. When at your EU Host organisation you will work alongside their staff. For the 2 week (SHORT) placement, your mobility will be based in either Portugal, Hungary or Italy. For the 14 week (LONG) placement, your mobility will be based in either Poland, Spain, Portugal or Norway. Follow the links below for information about the SHORT and LONG placements and for details about the partners and their work in each of the EU countries.

SHORT programme: 2 week BIRDS related mobilities (Portugal and Hungary)

LONG programme: 14 week BIRDS or MAMMAL related mobilities (PLACES FULL FOR 2019)

PLEASE NOTE: Ambios Ltd is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all our operations. We will therefore explore with successful participants the practicalities of travelling to your Host by coach (or train) before we investigate air travel.  For some destinations, this could mean you travelling for over 24-36hours by coach. We understand this may be too long for some participants with health or welfare needs, in which case we will look at flights.

To find out more about the mobilities, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Post European Mobility

Following your mobilities, we will be meeting in Devon for a one day celebration event.

This day will also be the time you receive your certificates of recognition for the practical skills you aquired whilst on your programme.

For the participants in the course that includes a 14-week mobility there will be the opportunity to meet a small group of specially chosen potential employers from our network of partners in the UK.  During informal ”speed Q&A’ sessions you’ll be able to listen to, and question, employers for a short time before  everyone rotates around the different discussion groups.  You can then continue discussion with people over the informal meal that follows. These sessions have always proven popular and greatly appreciated by both trainees and employers.  In addition, we will allocate you to an employer mentor who will provide you with advice and guidance for the next 3 months.


How to apply

The long and short programme placements are full until 2020. Applications open again in October 2019.

To register your interest and to receive updates about our 2020 WSIS course please register below.

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Once Ambios has confirmed your place on the WSIS course, you can make payment using the link below.