Introducing the conservation of Woods

This one-day beginners course will provide you with an introduction to the ecosystems, habitats and species that can be found in woodland areas. We will touch on the reasons why physical factors influence local wildlife.  We then will review the best ways to carry out a basic survey and consider the impact of natural succession.  Finally, there will be an overview of how to identify species and encourage them into the woods. There will be a mixture of classroom based discussion and practical sessions.

Tutor details – 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 Surrey Wildlife Trust.

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.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

19th September 2018 at 10:00am


members £35, non-members £47


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Nature & Wildlife


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom