Background in teaching countryside management

Petra Billings has extensive experience of teaching and training at all levels.  At Plumpton College she delivered key subjects such as ecology, biological surveys, soil science, botany, habitat management and habitat management planning to countryside management and forestry students up to second-year degree level.  Graduates from her courses have achieved an excellent success rate in terms of employment in the conservation sector and are working today for various organisations including Natural England, West Sussex County Council, Kent Downs AONB Unit, Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust among others.

"I think you are an inspiration" (Lisa, 2007)

"Thank you so much for your great teaching" (Sam, 2008)

Day courses
Day courses for Sussex Wildlife Trust, South Downs National Park Authority and Steyning Downland Scheme over recent years include Woodland Ecology and Management, Woodland Plant Identification, Downland Ecology and Chalk Downland Restoration.  Other training courses include training for survey volunteers, for example, on Hedgerow Surveys, and landowner workshops on a wide range of topics, for example, Meadow Creation and Restoration and Hedgerow Management. With her wide network of contacts in the conservation sector, a wide range of courses and training days can be facilitated and delivered, according to your requirements.

"Excellent.... very well-prepared and informative day"  (Introduction to Downland Ecology, 2010)

"Excellent knowledge by Petra and well-presented" (South Downs Volunteer Ranger, 2013)

To find out more, contact Petra.