April 25, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An Introduction to Protected Species & their Considerations in Woodland Management

A brand new course combining theory and practical elements with Dr Helen Miller and Rob Thurlow at the Weald & Downland Living Museum and outdoors at nearby Charlton Forest. This course is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

An introductory course for woodland owners and forestry practitioners on what you need to know and why you need  to consider wildlife in woodland management.

During the day, we will cover:

  • Introduction to protected species within woodlands.
  • Conservation status and legal protection.
  • Ecological requirements of different protected species including relevant field signs.
  • How woodland management is vital to benefit protected species.
  • Planning of forestry operations to avoid or minimise risk of harm to protected species.

Tea, coffee and water will be provided but please bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Bring outdoor clothing and suitable footwear for the outdoor sessions. 

Ticket prices 

RFS members £60.00 per person / Non-RFS members £70.00 per person

This course is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

The South Downs National Park is the third largest National Park in England and has the largest National Park population, with 117,000 residents. From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,627km2 of breathtaking views, including 18 distinctive landscapes, 13 European wildlife sites and more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is responsible for keeping the South Downs a special place, including conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area. It is also the planning authority for the National Park. The Authority is a public body, funded by government, and run by a Board of 27 Members.

The Forestry Commission increases the value of woodlands to society and the environment.  It is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands. It works with two agencies – Forestry England, who manage the manage the Public Forest Estate, and Forest Research, the UK’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research.

Dr Helen Miller

Dr Helen Miller has been working in the natural environment since before the new millennium starting with the FC surveying Ancient Woodland across England and Wales. Before returning to the FC in 2020 as Forestry England District Ecologist for SE Forest District, Helen worked her way through ecological consultancy from field surveyor to Technical Ecological Director. During this period she covered the country, surveying and developing mitigation and enhancement schemes. Projects ranged from house extensions to whole new settlements; from 70 miles of pipeline upgrade to developing conservation strategy toolkits and assessments. She also spent time as Biodiversity Officer for a local record centre and regularly presents lectures at universities.
Throughout her career Helen has developed and delivered an array of ecological training courses drawing on her extensive experience of diverse habitats and protected species to help people understand and live/work alongside wildlife. She is also a STEM Ambassador encouraging the next generation of ecologists.