Conserving Woodland 1 - Introducing Ecosystems

14 September 2017, 10:00 - 15:00 ( Add to calendar )

Explore the natural world and its physical and biological features.  Define the main ecological terms; introduce ecosystems and broad aspects of ecology; investigate how abiotic factors influence the natural environment; explore food webs and trophic levels and try methods & equipment used for surveying the abiotic factors of woodland.

tutor profile - Paul Ritchie:

As a chartered biologist with over 20 years of experience as a countryside manager looking after nature reserves and commons Paul is well placed to deliver training in ecology and practical conservation management. He has held roles training employees and volunteers for the Metropolitan Police, City of London and now Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Turning back the clock Paul started working on the land as a farm labourer on a mixed arable and livestock farm in the Chiltern Hills. He went on to study zoology at the University of Nottingham (studying ants in Edale, African carnivores and tapeworms!) whilst volunteering for organisations conserving canals and waterways.

As a police officer Paul undertook a variety of roles in Harringey, Highbury and Central London, which included training new recruits, community engagement and rescuing wildlife (a degree in zoology is invaluable for this!). During his spare time Paul helped out in the London Wildlife Trust education centre at Railway Fields.

After studying ecology and conservation at Birbeck College (University of London) Paul had a second 20-year career in parks, gardens and open spaces with City of London. He helped to establish the community woodland project at Ashtead Common NNR; trained and assessed apprentices; and worked closely with volunteer and community groups.

Paul is now the Community Learning Coordinator for Surrey Wildlife Trust working with his colleagues and external tutors to plan and deliver a wide range of scientific and practical courses for adults. Paul has complemented his prior experience as an associate lecturer for the University of Surrey by recently completing a PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long learning sector). 


Registration Types

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Members

If you are an SWT member and can provide your membership number, you will recieve this discounted rate.
Price £35.00 Quantity

Non-members

To receive a discounted rate on your adult learning courses you must first be a member of SWT. For more information about becoming a member please follow this link http://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/how-you-can-help/become-a-member
Price £40.00 Quantity