Working with Wildlife CIRIA course, London 2020

Working with Wildlife – CIRIA CPD course

Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

**In light of the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, this course will be rescheduled and a new date announced in the coming weeks. If you are already booked on to the course, CIRIA will get in touch with you directly.**


Are you working in the construction industry and concerned about your overall environmental performance? Are you managing a site and have wildlife issues to deal with, but few or no ideas about how to handle them? Then this is the training course for you.


Most proposed developments will have some wildlife interest, whether they are situated in rural or urban areas. The most important wildlife sites are usually designated in some way and other sites may still have wildlife interest but are not designated or otherwise protected. In general, wherever there is some wildlife on a site, this should at least be acknowledged and the potential adverse impacts on it avoided if possible, or reduced to a minimum if not.

This one-day CPD training course, delivered by Principal Ecologist Rachel Saunders, will cover the following key areas:

  • background to ecology and construction
  • wildlife and development
  • legal aspects
  • ecological surveys
  • mitigation
  • sustainable development
  • taking the proactive approach

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand reasons for conserving wildlife, the legislative requirements, and what surveys may be necessary.
  • Increase your understanding of wildlife and the interface with development and construction projects.
  • Understand some of the wider commercial benefits of adopting a proactive approach to dealing with wildlife and biodiversity.
  • Obtain CPD accreditation.

This course has a value of 6 hours towards your CPD. Certificates will be sent to delegates following completion.

Who Should Attend?

Site managers, environmental managers and anyone concerned with managing wildlife on site.

About the Trainer

Rachel Saunders is a Principal Ecologist at The Ecology Consultancy with over 20 years’ experience in ecology and conservation. She specialises mainly in mammal ecology and protected species issues. She has experience in the management of designated sites and a good working knowledge of UK and European legislation and national planning policy and guidance.


Course Details

**New date TBC**
Time: 09:00 am to 5:00pm. Registration open from 08:30 am.
Location: CIRIA offices, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PN


£300 + VAT (£360) full CIRIA members/SMEs/Local Authority members

£350 + VAT (£420) non-members

Tickets will go on sale again once a new course date has been set. Please keep an eye on our website and the CIRIA website for updates.

Working with Wildlife mobile app

CIRIA, in conjunction with The Ecology Consultancy’s founder John Newton, have created a mobile application to provide those working in construction and the built environment with easy access to guidance on legislation and good practice to consider when working with wildlife on site.

Find out more and download the app here.

CIRIA offices, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PN

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