LOST Bryophyte New Generation Botanist (NGB) Scheme

Plantlife has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver an exciting two year project focusing on lichens and bryophytes (mosses & liverworts) in Atlantic woodlands across the National Park and wider Cumbria. Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST) is a partnership effort to further understand and appreciate these woodlands, alongside the lower plants that are found there. Partners include the British Lichen Society, British Bryological Society, Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, Lake District National Park Authority, National Trust and others.

In order to ensure these woodlands are effectively conserved, whilst enhancing the lichen and bryophyte communities, this project will be using the collective efforts of the public and landowners as an integral part of the process. Plantlife and its partners will be providing a series of training and additional opportunities to get involved, generating the knowledge and skillset required to record and manage these special habitats. 

As part of this project, there is an opportunity for people living in the Lake District and Cumbria to attend free specialist bryophyte training as part of Plantlife’s New Generation Botanist (NGB) scheme - the registration is now open! No prior experience with bryophytes or biological recording is required, just a love for the natural world, a keen aptitude to learn and a willingness to contribute your new found knowledge to the project. Therefore anyone in Cumbria is encouraged to register, whatever the ability or past experience may be.

As part of the training programme, fifteen people will have the opportunity to:
· Receive introductory bryophyte training based in Borrowdale with the British Bryological Society
· Attend introductory Museum workshops at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle
· Contribute to a minimum of two voluntary bryophyte surveys with a local expert
· Volunteer at a range of public engagement events
· Continue developing knowledge and skills-base with follow up support

The scheme is now open to applications from people who can:
a) Commit to attending the bryophyte training in Borrowdale, on the 12th, 13th & 14th October 2018
b) Attend a minimum of two survey and field days (dates listed below)
c) Undertake self-led learning ie. reading, photographs, independent visits to woods

This project provides a fantastic opportunity to discover the amazing bryophyte diversity found in Atlantic woodlands, whilst developing your knowledge and skill-set surrounding bryophyte ID and recording, with a group of friendly like-minded people. The registration CLOSES on Monday 10th September 2018.

Taught sessions will be led by Martin Godfrey (British Bryological Society) at the Borrowdale Institute in Rosthwaite, with follow up survey days led by Diane Dobson (OpenSpace). Training will take place in the Lake District National Park with additional sessions at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. People will need access to their own transport and should be aware that there will be a requirement to walk in woodlands - being outside for half day / full day sessions. 

To register for the New Generation Botanist Scheme (Bryophytes) please complete the form and do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any queries – April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk. 

This project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, with additional contributions from the Cumbria Community Fund and the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust. 

Please note that applicants must be 18 or over (with other opportunities provided for under 18s).

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* 1. Please provide your contact details below.

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* 2. Please provide emergency contact details.

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* 3. Please confirm you are prepared to attend the sessions below  - please note if you are registering for the scheme you would be expected to attend all these sessions.

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* 4. Please indicate which two (or more) survey days you are available to attend. Please note if you are registering for the scheme you would be expected to attend a minimum of two of these sessions.

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* 7. Please explain why you are interested in this opportunity. Supplementray information is also welcome via email (found above).

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* 8. Do you have any medical conditions or additional needs we should be aware of? Please specify so we can provide the appropriate support.

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* 9. Unfortunately we cannot take registrations from those under the age of 18. Please tick to confirm you are 18 or over.