There is a recognised need to embed peatland learning and training in formal and informal education not only to share understanding of the importance of UK peatlands to broad audiences but to inspire peatland managers of the future. This page provides resources to support peatland learning and training as well as a scoping study into how this may be achieved.
Part 1 of a Peatland Training Programme is now available as a means of establishing a logical learning curve, introducing key peatland concepts, then moving on to the implications of these for peatland policy, and finally offering more in-depth information about certain topics.
The programme does not seek to be comprehensive in terms of addressing all aspects of peatland science, policy and practice, but does aim to focus on key issues relevant to the UK while also offering insights into the wider European or global perspective.
This peatland training programme consists of published documents, Powerpoints and 3D animations that are almost all accessible through the University of East London Open Access Repository, specifically within Richard Lindsay’s area of that repository, or via the IUCN UK Peatland Programme website, so all material is freely available and can be accessed at any time, individually or in any order. There is one link right at the end to a commercially-operated website, though the link provided is an open-access link. We are exploring, however, the potential for bringing this link in-house, so this link may change in time and we will update this if and when this happens.
Peatland Restoration Practitioner - Lantra accredited programme
Peatland restoration is a growing vocation within the conservation sector yet there has been no nationally recognised accredited training programme to date. Developed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Welsh Peatlands Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) Project, the Peatland Restoration Practitioner training course now provides this validation with support from the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.
The peatland restoration practitioner course is for those who are interested in and motivated by managing and conserving peatlands. Land managers and restoration officers who would like to develop or diversify their skillset in peatland restoration and management. Peatland restoration practitioners who would like to gain formal proof of competence in peatland restoration and management.
Attendees will gain accreditation in peatland restoration and acquire best practice from practitioners with substantial experience in peatland ecology, management and restoration. On completion, the learners will be able to apply best practice in all aspects of planning, delivering and monitoring the restoration of degraded peatland sites.
A Scoping Study was commissioned to investigate opportunities to provide peatland learning opportunities to school and further education (FE) school/college partnership students within local communities across a National scale.
- Identification of existing national occupational standards (NOS), national courses (NC) within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and modern apprenticeships (MA) that lend themselves to accommodating peatland learning.
- Identification of existing qualifications (including the above) that have potential to benefit from/accommodate a peatland specific land use and management unit.
- Identification of existing teaching materials and opportunities available, or in development, from IUCN UK PP partners and others as available.
- Explore demand/interest in schools/colleges and potential school/college partners via a purposive sample from Ullapool High School contacts: Head Teacher, Highland Council Strategic curriculum staff and others with an in depth interview.
Following the Scoping Study a Pilot Proposal has been developed to detail theoretical pilot units or teaching elements that could be delivered in Ullapool High School beyond June 2019 including the mechanisms for delivery and possible future funding opportunities. We hope to be able to fund this pilot in 2020.