Bumblebee identification

Bumblebee identification training

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.

› Click here to see examples of host placements.


Vocational training

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.

› Click here for more information.

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.

› Click here for a view of the LEMUR journey and LEMUR film.



The LEMUR Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund