Lemur trainees undertaking fieldwork

Learning Environments in Marine, Urban and Rural areas

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.

The original LEMUR project ended in 2015 and the scheme now runs under the title of LEMUR+ (see further down this page).

LEMUR Legacy

It is clear from the success of the project that LEMUR leaves behind a positive and lasting legacy through the beneficiaries involved within the project, the partner organisations and improved methods for delivering heritage training. Also, it is important to note that there have been wider societal gains as a result of the existence of the project such as the 14,870 members of the public engaged in nature conservation activity and awareness. The LEMUR legacy includes:

  • A network of 90 heritage professionals, 90% of whom remain within nature conservation to act as future ambassadors and promote LEMUR type opportunities and experiences for the next generation of wildlife heritage professionals - in much the same way as the Manpower Services Commission trained many future conservation sector leaders in the 1970s;
  • New working partnerships formed and to be formed between many of its partners;
  • Creation of a network of nature conservation professionals that are competent practitioners in understanding how to manage the learning process within nature conservation.;
  • Vital UK conservation work undertaken including 1830ha of habitat recorded;
  • Major life changes for some of the beneficiaries – some of whom had no prior qualifications or chance of working in the sector;
  • The introduction of new heritage training projects, clearly influenced by the LEMUR model;
  • Development of new species identification units to be included within NOS – previously omitted;
  • Changed perceptions of beneficiaries, host organisations and hard to reach groups. Jon Parr from the Marine Biological Association has said, for example, that: “LEMUR has helped to develop ideas for training courses and recognise that we can offer training further afield, the work itself has really helped cement the area and increase the training ideals”.

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In the meantime – with a packet of biscuits, pair of slippers and a comfy chair sit back and see for yourself how this project has been changing lives …

More videos can be found on the Project LEMUR Youtube channel.

The project now continues as LEMUR+ and has just appointed its next round of trainees for 2016.

LEMUR+ project is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Ambios Ltd in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, The Marine Biological Association and South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.

9 month & 4 month bursary placements support people who want to work with nature. Applications are encouraged from women returning to work, BAME communities, long term unemployed, and those with no previous qualifications. We aim to get 80% of the 36 placements into work in the environmental conservation sector.

The project covers both sea and land work-based training and offers vocational qualifications in species/habitat identification, field survey, heritage interpretation and information technology.

24 hours wildlife surveys promote heritage interpretation, engaging naturalists, professionals and volunteers in the process of wildlife identification and species recording using technology.

For more information on LEMUR+, go to www.projectlemurplus.org