Designed specifically for service-leavers to get together and learn from each other in the great outdoors, Op KINGFISHER is a series of informal activity-based events on MOD land where attendees DO-LEARN-CONNECT for a career in conservations, ecology and land-management.
Ruralink-led bespoke resettlement project for service-leavers interested in a career in conservation, ecology and land-management.
Register for a place: email Kingfisher@ruralink.org.uk
Op KINGFISHER 2 - replanting ranunculus on the River Avon near Salisbury.
Nick attended Op KINGFISHER 2 for an enjoyable day out and to meet like-minded professionals as part of his resettlement into environmental conservation.
- The group picked and replanted a riverbed plant, ranunculus, to stabilise the chalk stream bed and improve the habitat for the various fish species.
- Project partner, MOD ecologist Oli, talked to the group about why and how the MOD funds ecology programmes on the MOD estate and about the careers available in the DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation ) working in ecological conservation.
- Project manager, Nick, from our other project partner, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Rivers Team, explained how this particular project was financed and what is involved in running an annual cycle of such projects.
- Service-leavers spent several hours working alongside and connecting with conservation professionals and other service-leavers, exchanging notes, top tips and widening their contact base to help with resettlement into this area.
- At least one attendee is now a regular volunteer with WWT and gaining qualifications and experience as a result.
The Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group - South West (FWAG-SW) is a real friend to the military community. FWAG understands that your CV needs to have experience built in and will try and give you the roles you need to work towards the qualifications and roles you want to gain.
They routinely host resettling personnel on work experience or in their volunteer programmes at the skills level or in supervisory roles (once sufficient experience has been gained).
This opportunity is compatible with GRT.
If you want to know more, please contact Fiona directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group - South West (FWAG-SW) are building several dew ponds in the Cotswolds this winter. If you want to learn how this is done and can give one day or several (week-days) please contact Fiona directly - email@example.com - and we'll put you in touch.
The Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group - South West (FWAG-SW) has joined forces with the CPRE and Friends of the Cotswolds to establish five new hedgerow schemes in diverse areas across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
Find out more and sign up on the FWAG-SW volunteering page here.
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