Leaders' Landscape Training Our Leaders' Landscape Training Sessions are aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen their understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable them to pass on their new-found knowledge to those with whom they work. The sessions are also offered as accredited Continuous Professional Development training through the Mountain Training Association. Why Landscape MattersLandscape is our support system without which we could not exist. Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air. A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them. Leaders' Landscape Training Programme Outline 2019 Read more detail about the training sessions here (pdf) Theme Date and Location 1. Night Navigation on the Fells: Tools for after-dark explorationJoe Faulkner - NAV4 Adventure Friday 5th AprilAskham, nr Penrith6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 2. Bird Habitats of the Lake District – a guide of what to see and whereStephen Mott Weds 8th MaySwindale and Haweswater 10 am – 4 pm 3. Geology: A story of rocks and landscape Stephen Mott Weds 22nd MayLangdale Fells10 am – 4 pm 4. Identifying Upland Flora and WildlifeIan Brodie – Open Spaces Society and National Trust volunteer at Sizergh Weds 19th JuneSizergh10 am – 3:30 pm 5. Pollinators in Peril: Upland hay meadow creation and their importance to bees and other pollinators.Dr Jan Darrall – Policy Officer, Friends of the Lake DistrictJulia Pigott – www.beeed.org.uk Tues 25th JuneHigh Borrowdale10 am – 2 pm 6. Our Common Cause: Understanding common land and hill farming in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake DistrictViv Lewis (Federation of Cumbria Commoners) and hill farmer and commoner Mon 15th JulyKeswick10 am – 2 pm 7. Mining history in Coniston Coppermines ValleyJohn Dennis – Lake District National Park Voluntary Ranger & Guided Walk Leader Fri 16th AugustConiston10:30 am – 3:30 pm 8. Wild Food and Foraging in the Lake DistrictAndrew Tomlinson – Wild Lakes Foraging Mon 26th AugustRusland Valley10 am – 4 pm 9. The Sheep Fleece path: A tale of people, climate, upland path erosion and repair in the Lake DistrictRichard Fox – LDNP Fix the Fells Ranger Fri 6th SeptemberLangdale10 am – 4 pm 10. Landscape Character in the Grasmere ValleyDr Kate Willshaw – Policy Officer, Friends of the Lake District Weds 2nd OctoberGrasmere and Rydal10 am – mid afternoon 11. Cumbria's Rainforests: An introduction to a forgotten aspect of our natural heritage.April Windle - Plantlife Senior Project Officer: Looking Out for Small Things. Tues 15th OctoberUllswater10 am – 4 pm Read more detail about the training sessions here. BOOKING ESSENTIAL To book on a session or to be added to our mailing list to receive information about the programme, please contact [email protected] or phone 01539 720788. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. “I thought the trainer was excellent. Very knowledgeable about wildlife and explained things in a very clear way. Usually when I go out on the Fells it is about getting from A to B. This day demonstrated that it’s not how many miles you cover but what you take time to look at on the way that is important!” “Fantastic location, lots of information in a short distance. Great trainer.” “Excellent, informative, enjoyable.” “Really interesting day - refreshing to learn something new.” LEADERS' LANDSCAPE TRAINING SESSIONS are accredited by Mountain Training Association and are recognised as Continuous Professional Development for members. Friends of the Lake District’s Leaders' Landscape Training Programme for 2019 is kindly sponsored by: www.conquerlakedistrict.co.uk CONQUER Lake District design and create National Park goods that have a touch of the nostalgia about them.