Improving churches and graveyards for the future of wildlife

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Improving churches and graveyards for the future of wildlife

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  • June 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day long course will support individuals and organisations who wish to improve habitats and make burial spaces more receptive to wildlife. Cemeteries and graveyards are often vital green spaces in highly urbanised places that provide shelter and food to a wild variety of native species and winged visitors. This course is set in beautiful historic Arnos Vale Cemetery, a 45 acre listed landscape which is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species and is run by two specialists.

Arnos Vale Trustee and Ecologist Dan Flew has a wide range of experience and knowledge on cemeteries and graveyards as wildlife havens and specializes in urban bats.
Arnos Vale Public Engagement Manager Janine Marriott will be sharing her knowledge on the background to these sites, how they have become wildlife havens and how these spaces can be used by and for both wildlife and people.
This course will have both presentation and practical elements, so come prepared for some walking in the outdoors.

Who is the course for?
Ecologists, cemetery management, amateur enthusiasts, cemetery friend’s groups and other historic cemetery organisations, and nature lovers.

Dan Flew MSc GradCIEEM
Dan is an ecologist with experience in protected species surveying and site assessments.
Dan currently holds 3 protected species surveying licenses, these include a Class 2 science and conservation NE Bat license, Class 1 NE Great Crested Newt license, a NE Barn owl survey licence, and also a NRW Bat licence. Dan also holds 2 CSCS cards, 1 for ecological site visits and 1 for asbestos site visits. Dan is also on the board of trustees for Arnos vale cemetery helping to maintain and enhance the site for wildlife and visitors.

Dan’s MSc dissertation looked at the ecology of Lesser horseshoe bats in an urban environment within the city of Bristol and looked at how valuable different survey methods were for this species. Dan is also a keen Herpetologist, and has good knowledge of UK species and also has qualifications in reptile husbandry.

Dan also likes to help inform the public on wildlife in his local area by giving walks and talks, and below are some examples.

In 2017 Dan appear on BBC 1 on countryfile, talking about nocturnal wildlife in cemeteries and bats. He has also been on BBC radio 4 talking about bats and goth culture.

Janine Marriott MSc, PGCE
Janine has worked at Arno Vale Cemetery for 12 years in a range of roles. Previous to this she was the Education Officer at Bath Postal Museum and before that, worked at the Daventry Museum. Janine is also a qualified primary school teacher and has previously taught in a range of primary school settings.
She has a BA (Hons.) in Classical Civilizations, an MSc in Museum Studies, a Post graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and is currently studying part time for a Doctorate in Heritage at the University of Hertfordshire.
She has a wide range of experience working with the public and on balancing the needs of the visitor and the needs of wildlife in historic cemeteries.

The cost of the ticket includes the training, refreshments and lunch, plus a copy of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust guide book and DVD.

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