Habitat Management for Beginners


This two day course introduces the natural processes critical to major habitat types and the available techniques and practices for managing these. Training combines classroom sessions and local site visits to provide examples of management approaches for woodland, grassland and heathland habitats.


With a huge diversity of habitats and species represented over a vast area of land, environmental managers in the UK must make a bewildering number of site management decisions to achieve the best outcomes for wildlife.

If you wish to take up the challenge of habitat management, this course is for you.

Starting with an understanding of the natural processes that are (or were) critical to each major habitat type, we will consider what techniques and practices are available today to ensure the maximum benefit for biodiversity.

With such a diversity of man-made habitats managed for their wildlife, we will also be looking at the different options and practices made possible at these sites.

Although many of the underlying principles discussed will apply to any habitat, our principle focus will be on woodlands, grasslands and heathlands.

While not going into the full complexities of writing management plans, we will discuss how to set measurable site management objectives which allow achievable monitoring to inform future management.

The course will comprise a day in the classroom followed by a day of site visits during which we will be looking at local examples of woodland, grassland and heathland, each with a known history of habitat management, ranging from exemplary to poor.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an amateur or professional interest in expanding their knowledge of habitat management for wildlife in the UK. Aspiring nature reserve managers, wardens and rangers, NGO staff, consultants and students will all benefit from this course.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the natural processes, both extant and historic, which underpin any habitat mangement plan.
  • Understand different ways to compensate for lost natural processes.
  • Understand how to create and manage man-made habitats to maximise their biodiversity
  • Be aware of the full range of management tools and practices available to site managers
  • Know how to design measurable management objectives, how to monitor their outcomes and adjust management prescriptions to suit


Course fee includes refreshments through the day but lunch is not included.

How to Apply

For more information or to book your place:


  • Visit our website
  • Call: 01962 868626
  • Email: enquiries@cieem.net

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Key Information

Start date:

15th November 2017 at 10:00am


CIEEM Member: £220| Non-Member: £360






Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Totnes, United Kingdom