HILLS, HEATHER AND HISTORY:
Access and Conservation issues and their interpretation for lowland, hill and mountain leaders
Hosted by David Broom, expert ecologist and MTA member
Walking and mountain leaders enjoy opportunities to lead groups within outdoor areas of great landscape beauty, natural and cultural heritage importance. Leaders need to be able to interpret the interest of these valuable landscapes to their groups, both to enrich their enjoyment and to encourage responsible use of these often fragile environments.
This one-day cpd workshop has been developed to help lowland, hill and mountain leaders expand their environmental knowledge and consolidate their environmental interpretation skills. The workshop is entirely hill-based, and takes place on the Stiperstones ridge, a key part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Through a combination of direct tuition and group discussion the workshop will cover a wide range of environmental topics and issues of relevance to lowland, hill and mountain leaders. At the end of the course participants will:
· Be able to confidently identify the majority of characteristic plant species of British heathland and heather moorland vegetation;
· Gain an understanding of the main ecological characteristics of Britain’s heathland, heather moorlands and upland landscapes;
· Become familiar with a range of archaeological features that are often found in British heathland and moorland landscapes;
· Develop a wide understanding of key environmental conservation and land use issues within Britain’s undeveloped and upland landscapes;
· Acquire a working knowledge of key recreational management issues in Britain’s undeveloped and upland landscapes;
· Gain experience of group management strategies that help to enable effective interpretation of environmental information.
You should come equipped for a day on the hill, with adequate food and drink. The proposed itinerary will mainly use existing paths and involves no strenuous walking. Some information will be provided on the day, but a notebook and camera would be useful. If you would like to have a map with you, we will be on OS 1:25 000 Explorer sheet 216. The Stiperstones NNR car park has no toilet or refreshment facilities
We would suggest a donation of £15 to Birmingham Wildlife Trust to attend this event. Please bring this with you on the day - thanks.
Stiperstones National Nature Reserve car park
(Grid ref: SO 36945 97711)