The Chilterns Commons Project delivered a series of in-house bespoke training workshops. Materials from these workshops is available to download here.
A useful handout covering the tools regularly used during practical conservation work parties.
Please refer to the Forestry Commission's Practice Guide called 'Hazards from Trees' which is a free PDF download; and the National Tree Safety Group's information on the Forestry Commission website, especially the 'Common sense risk management of trees' publication. The Health & Safety Executive have produced some helpful guidance on managing the risk from falling branches or trees. The trainer recommended a book, Updated Field Guide for Visual Tree Assessment.
This photographic guide to the bark of common species is helpful, particularly in winter.
This handout contains a list of useful tree identification books and websites.
A handout containing information about the different types of grassland, their conservation management and a list of sources of further information.
The speaker's slides are also available as a compressed PDF.
Much of this workshop was a site visit to the grazing trial at Burnham Beeches. A specific handout was not produced as information is available online. Please refer to the Natural England fact sheets on the Further Resources page; to free publications produced by Open Spaces Society, and to the Grazing Animal Project website.
A handout containing brief information about key species and ecological relationships of scrub, information about its conservation management and a list of sources of further information.
Much of this workshop took the form of discussions during a site visit so there are no specific handouts. However, very useful advice about the management of ponds is available from Pond Conservation. If you have amphibians in your pond, you might like to refer to Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's 'Amphibian Habitat Management Handbook'. It can be downloaded free. If you have any queries about this workshop, please contact Rachel.
Following the suite of training workshops, this training workshop discussed how you prioritise the management of sites like commons which have a mosaic of habitats and a range of user groups - see notes. This handout containing a summary of the day also includes links to further resources.
Information and other resources about butterfly identification is available on Martin Harvey's website.
You can download handouts providing guidance on producing site interpretation, about smartphone interpretation (QR codes etc) and a summary of the Dr Athene Reiss' slides. If you would like more information about this workshop, please contact Rachel.
This handout includes useful checklists for before, during and after an event such as a guided walk. A must-read for all walks leaders.
No handouts were produced, but the following websites contain useful info and ideas:-
Forestry Commission - for ideas and advice for constructing things in woodland settings
Playing Out - more for urban areas, but some useful advice under 'Fielding Concerns'
Consultations - Developing ideas for managing commons (Open Spaces Society)
Many examples of management plans (for commons and other sites) can be found online. Two mentioned during this workshop, prepared by our speaker Helen Read, can be downloaded from the 'Management and Consultation page of the City of London website for Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common. Reference was also made to Natural England's guidance on writing management plans for National Nature Reserves.
Surveying wildlife in the Chilterns is an informative handbook explaining how to set up surveys and record species. It has been designed to be read online and contains links to local and national natural history groups and further online resources.
A comprehensive handout giving top tips for recording the plants and animals on your common. The PDF also contains links to lots of online sources of information.
Also refer to Fact Sheet 2 in Natural England's Stimulating Action on Local Commons series.
The ‘Building Commons Knowledge Project’ has written a ‘Commons History Toolkit’ to help commoners and local historians record the history of their commons. The History Toolkit is free and can be viewed/downloaded from http://di.ncl.ac.uk/contestedcommons/?page_id=170.
A concise handout detailing key points about woodland archaeology and sources for further info.
Open Spaces Society presentation
Handouts referred to in the Open Spaces Society presentation
Planning and conservation areas presentation
Forestry Commission presentation
When we ran this workshop in 2012, Natural England prepared this presentation but were then unable to come. Additional information about Hedgerow Regulations are available on the Natural England website.
Additional resources about volunteers are available from the publications page of the Volunteering England website.
Handout on how to lead practical projects, produced by The Conservation Volunteers.
Handout on how to take great photos.
Handout on how to compose and use colour in paintings.
Presentations from Commons Day 2013, held at Chorleywood, are also available below:
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