Do you want to be a champion for the wildlife in your area AND gain a qualification? We are offering an AQA course in practical conservation skills. For the uninitiated, AQA is one of the leading exam boards.
Why do this?
The certificates we offer could help you if you're looking for a career or higher-levelled course in the environmental sector.
For us, the aim of the course is to establish a team of Wildlife Champions across rural Dorset.
We want a team of local people who will lead and inspire others in their community to enjoy and conserve the natural heritage all around them.
When sufficient units have been completed, you will receive your AQA Wildlife Champion Certificate and be fully empowered to champion the wildlife in your local community. Opportunities to complete the units will be available throughout the year on a flexible basis. The modules will be spread over occasional weekly and weekend sessions.
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.