Ecology Training Courses: Spring 2018


The Penllergare Trust is offering a range of 1-day ecology-based training sessions, run by Nigel Robins.

Last year’s courses were very well received and enjoyed by all the attendees. This is an ideal opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the ecological issues affecting sites like Penllergare Valley Woods.

The seminars will run from 10am-2pm on Saturdays at our Woodland Centre in Penllergare Valley Woods. They are suitable for students or keen amateurs, and no prior knowledge or experience is required. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the day. There may be a short trip into the Penllergare woodlands to further examine issues raised in the classroom, so please dress appropriately.

The seminars are offered to our volunteers free of charge, but are open to everyone. Please see below for dates and more information.

Please book ahead by emailing or calling 01792 344 224. Places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nigel Robins has been a conservation volunteer in many organisations for over 20 years. He has worked as an environmental project manager and ecological surveyor and currently works at the Cabinet Office.

Nigel has kindly donated his time to give these seminars so all the income will go directly to The Penllergare Trust to help us to continue our work in the woods.

Ancient Woodlands – Book both sessions for £55 (£30 with NUS card)
Part 1 –  Saturday 24th February 2018
Part 2 – Saturday 3rd March 2018
The Llan valley and the Penllergare estate contain a lot of ancient woodland and many traces of the woods and hedgerows from the fifteenth and sixteenth century still survive. These are irreplaceable pieces of our heritage and just as important to our cultural roots as the built heritage. We look at how ancient woods are being deciphered and better understood. A combination of classroom discussion and a close look at the ancient woodland and hedgerows on the Penllergare estate.
Caring for Welsh nature – £30 (£15 with NUS card)
What are the plans for looking after all our important green spaces? Even though the environment is vitally important, the recent controversy over the M4 relief road and the Swansea tidal lagoon highlight the political realities of grand promises.  The Welsh Environment Act was seen as an act of clarity and vision.  What are those promises and what’s been forgotten about. A tour through what’s been suggested from Welsh Labour and the story so far.
Environmental Crime in the UK – £30 (£15 with NUS card)
Environmental crime is generally used to describe any illegal activity that harms the environment. It can also have serious human health and social impacts. A morning looking at the different types of environmental crime and options for tackling them.