What is LEMUR
The ‘Learning Environments in Marine, Urban and Rural areas’ (LEMUR) project is an accredited training scheme that offers a fast track route to developing the necessary skills and competency required to gain a professional post in nature conservation. The ‘on the job’ placements and training reflect either a marine, urban or rural aspect of nature conservation.
To date LEMUR has provided 72 funded heritage bursary training placements over 6 years that have given each placement the necessary skills and experience to enter a professional post in nature conservation.
Through training hubs in Herefordshire, Devon and Sheffield, the project provides eighteen 9-month work-based accredited training placements a year which are hosted by a broad range of local heritage conservation organisations.
Each placement receives a combination of ‘on-the-job’ professional experience and mentoring from their host organisation. In order to kick-start this professional experience the project partners deliver tailored training focused upon species identification, wildlife habitat survey, habitat management and heritage interpretation (education) skills.
The Devon placements have a marine theme linked to coastal habitats.
The Herefordshire placements have a rural theme linked to woodlands, wildflower meadow, rivers, orchards and agriculture.
The Sheffield placements have an urban theme linked to habitats within urban wildlife corridors.
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The project offers vocational accreditation in either a work-based diploma (Level 3) Environmental Conservation or OCN (Level 3) Biological Assessment Skills and Ecological Assessment Skills.
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LEMUR fosters an ethos of learning through watching others and then practising in a safe, learner-supported framework. Developing networks, sharing knowledge and experience and building relationships with other wildlife professionals and fellow trainees was also central to the LEMUR journey.
The LEMUR Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund