UK - Knepp Estate

UK - Knepp Estate

The UK field ecology and data analysis course will be based at the Knepp Estate in the Low Weald of Sussex, which is Britain’s premier rewilding site.  The 3500 acre estate is being returned to a pre-human habitat by almost abandoning human intervention in the management of the landscape and allowing fields to revert to natural vegetation.  with fallow and red deer, wild horses, long-horn cattle to mimic the effects of the extinct auroch and pig to mimic wild boar controlling the vegetation to produce a patchwork of different habitats.  Beavers are being introduced to help restore the wet grassland and wetland habitats.

This approach was started in 2002 and has turned out to be visionary with many other farmers now looking to similarly restore areas of the country using this approach.  The effect on wildlife has been breath-taking; massive increases in floristic diversity, insect abundance, many more butterflies including special species such as Purple Emperor, growth in the abundance of threatened bird species such as nightingales, and turtle doves and 13 of the 17 bat species returning to the land.

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Four Courses Available

  • Wildlife Monitoring, Rewilding and Data Analysis
  • Wildlife Monitoring and Rewilding
  • Field Skills for Wildlife Management Careers
  • UK Greening and Biodiversity Uplift Course

Course Overview

  • If you are a school teacher or student you can contact us for a recording of the talk here:

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    Wednesday 15th JuneDownload here!

     

    If you are a university or postgraduate student you can contact us for a recording of the talk here:

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    Wednesday 3rd MarchDownload here!
  • Wildlife Monitoring, Rewilding and Data Analysis

    • Monday 11 July – Friday 15 July 2022
    • Monday 18 July – Friday 22 July 2022

    5 day course costing £595 which includes full board at a campsite in the Knepp Estate and all tuition costs.

    • aimed at High School students (16-18 years) but also suitable for first year university students who haven’t had experience of R
    • wildlife monitoring techniques for vegetation, invertebrates, herpetofauna, birds and mammals
    • use of R to analyse wildlife data and prepare scientific reports
    • evening talks from those working professionally in the wildlife conservation and climate change fields

    For an extended summary of this course, click here.

    Reserve your place
  • Field Skills for Wildlife Management Careers

    • Monday 13 June – Friday 17 June 2022
    • Monday 20 June – Friday 24 June 2022
    • Monday 27 June – Friday 1 July 2022
    • Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022
    • Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2022

    5 day course costing £595 which includes full board at a campsite in the Knepp Estate and all tuition costs.

    • aimed at university students or those that have already graduated
    • suitable for undergraduates wishing to develop careers in wildlife conservation or climate change
    • full day practicals in bird point counts and mist netting, calculating woodland carbon, quantifying key pollinators and butterflies
    • full day practicals in completing a UKHab map and how to quantify biodiversity uplift

    For an extended summary of this course, click here.

    Reserve your place
  • Field Skills for Wildlife Management Careers combined with Wildlife Monitoring, Rewilding and Data Analysis

    • Monday 20 June – Friday 1 July 2022
    • Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2022
    • Monday 18 July – Friday 29 July 2022
    2 week course costing £1,250 which includes full board at a campsite in the Knepp Estate and all tuition costs.
    • aimed at university students or those that have already graduated
    • suitable for undergraduates wishing to develop careers in wildlife conservation or climate change
    • full day practicals in bird point counts and mist netting, calculating woodland carbon, quantifying key pollinators and butterflies
    • full day practicals in completing a UKHab map and how to quantify biodiversity uplift
    • use of R to analyse wildlife data and prepare scientific reports
    • evening talks from those working professionally in the wildlife conservation and climate change fields

    For an extended summary of this course, click here.

    Reserve your place

Additional Information

  • Climate
    The British summertime is somewhat hard to predict, usually average daytime temperatures from June to August are between 18°C and 21°C with rain showers occasional.

    Fitness level required
    Medium – there can be long walks and terrain varies depending on research location with some being flat and others more challenging.

    Creature Comforts
    Facilities in the camp site are basic (sleeping in tents), temporary toilets. Phone signal can be good in certain areas of the site.

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    Working with Knepp Castle Estate:

     

  • During the course the students will be camping in individual tents to ensure social distancing. The costs of the 5 day course including all food, accommodation, tuition and access to the Knepp Estate is £595. The 2 week course is £1250.

    For group bookings please contact info@opwall.com and for individual student bookings please use the ‘reserve your place’ button below. There are maximum numbers on each work experience in order to ensure the students have the level of academic and field support needed. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    • School groups under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a teacher or parent (this is optional for students over 16 years old) and there is a free place provided on the course (including accommodation and food) for the chaperone for each group of 8 students. Students over 16 years of age can travel independently.

Field Course Resources

Health & Safety

Risk is inherent in everything that we do in life. Without accepting and understanding these risks, we would not be able to do anything at all.

The first concern of all activities undertaken as part of Operation Wallacea expeditions is to gain an understanding of the environments we will be working in, and from this to reduce risk to health and safety as far as is possible.

After an independent assessment Operation Wallacea has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom badge for safety and quality.

You can find general information about Opwall’s approach to Health and Safety in the about us section here, or documents specific to this expedition below.

Travel Information

Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your field course at Knepp Estate. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.

 

Travelling to and from the field course

 

Arrival

The course attendees will meet at 6pm on the Sunday start date at the Knepp Estate, West Sussex

Departure

The course finishes at Knepp on the Saturday morning at 9am.

Students over 16 years of age can travel independently.

Travel Methods

If you are not getting dropped off at Knepp directly, the easiest method of travel is to use the train. If you are getting dropped off, please email expeditions@opwall.com for directions.

The closest main train station is Horsham. Please book your inbound train to arrive at Horsham between 5pm and 6pm on the Sunday*at the beginning of your expedition. Please book your outbound train to leave Horsham station between 9am and 10am on the Saturday at the end of your expedition. A member of Opwall staff will meet you at the train station when you arrive.

To get from the train station to site and back to the train station at the end of your expedition we have made a transport arrangement with a local taxi service, there is a charge for this service. The taxis will take you directly from the train station to site, and back again, with Opwall staff waiting to meet you at each end.

Please send the times of your inbound and outbound trains to: expeditions@opwall.com so that we know when you will be arriving and departing and we can be there to meet you. You will receive an email shortly after your train times are received which contains a link where you can pay your transport fee.

 

COVID-19

 

For all COVID-19 information please visit this page.

 

Carbon Offsetting

 

By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.

However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.

For more information on Opwall’s Carbon Offsetting click here

How to Calculate Your Donation Amount

Once booked and we’ve received your flight details, you’ll receive an email from us with a recommended donation amount, where we take the exact flight routes you’ve booked on to for your expedition, and run them through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here and the method used is found here. This gives us the total estimated amount of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere, and we assign a value of $10 USD (or £7.69 GBP) per ton of carbon. We only used the flights that we’re aware of, so if you have any more you may want to up the donation!

To calculate your carbon footprint you can use one of the many carbon calculators on line such as My ClimateTreedomInternational Student Carbon Footprint Challenge and many others. If you’re happy with an estimate, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.

To donate, click the button below.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

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