Biodiversity Skills Training (2022/23)

  • Delivered by Andy Hollis (Sherwood Ecologic)
  • Funded by Miner to Major (Sherwood Landscape Partnership scheme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and LocalGiving Magic Little Grants
  • Benefitted from FTNCG Volunteers and corporate/organisational volunteers including from AECOM, Future’s Positive and NHS Supply chain.
  • Included 6 training sessions delivered by Andy Hollis supporting biodiversity at Spa Ponds (11th May, 9th July, 28th Sept., 19th Oct., 26th Nov., 7th Dec. 2022)
  • Followed up with cascade learning on the Saturday sessions
  • Training included:
    • Identifying and recording veteran and potential veteran oak trees (at the top of Peel Wood)
    • Hedgerow management, including evaluation of future hedgerow work, tree and plant identification, and dead hedging
    • Identifying suitable locations for bird and bat boxes
    • Health & Safety training – both generic and as it relates to crown raising, coppicing, felling, and other tree work, including a special focus on the safe use of billhooks