Hesketh Ecology

Talks and Training

Hesketh Ecology offer talks and training for organisations including schools and universities, community groups, businesses, statutory agencies and local authorities. Talks and training can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the organisation and designed to meet specific learning objectives.

Hesketh Ecology’s lead ecologist, Sam Griffin, has been providing talks and training events since 2002. Previous clients have included Stoneraise School, North Pennines AONB, Grange and District Natural History Society, Watchtree Nature Reserve and The Women’s Institute. Sam has lectured on a wide variety of topics including ‘Animals’ (Science – Key Stage 1 & 2), ‘Plants and Animals’ (Science – Key Stage 1 & 2), ‘Reptiles and Amphibians in Cumbria’, ‘Reptile Survey Techniques’, ‘Amphibian Survey Techniques’, ‘Bats of Cumbria’ and ‘Surveying Buildings for Legally Protected Species’.

Sam previously worked in a Zoological collection giving daily presentations and is therefore highly experienced at adapting talks to the needs of the audience and capable of making science and scientific theory accessible to a wide range of abilities and understanding.

We are often able to illustrate our talks and training with live exhibits (‘Elizabeth’ – our friendly Python, ‘Spike’ – our Bearded Dragon or maybe a ‘wildlife ambassador’ – a long term captive wild species such as hedgehogs or bats). Please note live exhibits can only be used in strict accordance with our ‘Ethical use of Animals Policy’ and wild exhibits cannot be guaranteed.

“Hesketh Ecology produced great reptile and amphibian survey training events for our volunteers. Sam has a wonderful relaxed and open approach to dealing with people that encourages learning and has left our volunteers enthused and informed.” Fiona Knox – Education Officer – North Pennines AONB Partnership.

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