What was LEMUR?

The ‘Learning Environments in Marine, Urban and Rural areas’ (LEMUR) project was an accredited training scheme that offered 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 reflected either a marine, urban or rural aspect of nature conservation.

Through training hubs in Herefordshire, Devon and Sheffield, the project provided eighteen 9-month work-based accredited training placements a year which were hosted by a broad range of local heritage conservation organisations.

Over the course of the project, LEMUR provided 90 funded heritage bursary training placements that gave each placement the necessary skills and experience to enter a professional post in nature conservation. So far, 95% of our trainees have gone into employment, the vast majority in environmental conservation.

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Chainsaw trainingEach placement received 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 delivered tailored training focused upon species identification, wildlife habitat survey, habitat management and heritage interpretation (education) skills.

The Devon placements had a marine theme linked to coastal habitats.

The Herefordshire placements had a rural theme linked to woodlands, wildflower meadow, rivers, orchards and agriculture.

The Sheffield placements had an urban theme linked to habitats within urban wildlife corridors.

Vocational training

The project offered Level 3 vocational accreditation in either NVQ 3 Environmental Conservation or Level 3 Biological assessment Skills.

LEMUR fostered 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