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Conservation and Ecology AQAAQA Unit Awards

 

Introduction

Animal Days Out CIC is an official training centre for AQA and delivers accredited courses through the Unit Award Scheme. We offer Conservation and Ecology training across a number of sites to give our students an interactive learning experience throughout a diverse range of environments and biodiversity.

Training Guidelines

Throughout this AQA unit, we utilise a range of our training sites to deliver a real and focussed learning experience where the coursework actually enhances and helps develop the locations used. These include:

♦ Local Rivers and Streams - Including The River Shuttle with a Pollution and Conservation focus.

♦ Community Parks and Open Spaces – We work with various “Friends of the Parks” and the local authority park ranger teams creating opportunities to improve local community spaces.

♦ Community Garden - Ornamental and forest gardening with a focus on accessibility and public use.

♦ Sensory Garden - Therapeutic gardening with a focus on sensory elements.

♦ Environment Centre - Opportunities for specific learning and Pond Dipping activities

In addition our Conservation and Pollution units cover:

♦ Clearing and Weeding - Knowledge of invasive species local to the area or specific projects undertaken. Methods on clearing and coppicing correctly for regeneration and conserve any plants & trees as relevant.

♦ Tools - How to safely select tools for specific tasks and how to store and maintain tools for longer life.

♦ River Conservation - Working in the local river to clear any pollution or projects to improve the river and support wildlife.

♦ Habitats - Identifying a suitable area and creating a habitat.

♦ Specific Tool Use - Woodworking and sawing for habitat creation.

♦ Health and Safety - Understanding and adhering to Health and Safety within Conservation and Ecology projects and understanding risks.

♦ Pollution - Knowledge and surveys of types of pollution.

♦ Plant Life - Comparison of different environments and the biodiversity.

♦ River Life - Pond dipping and learning about the pond life organisms.

♦ Birds and Bird Boxes - Knowledge of local bird species and practical skills in creation of a Bird Box to be placed in the local area. 

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