News and events Other events Events and training 10 March – University of the Highlands and Islands - Bird Language webinarReading bird language is an ancient skill, closely related to tracking. It involves paying attention to the calls and behaviour of birds, to discover what’s going on in the wider environment. Learn more at this webinar. 11 March - Buglife: Identification of Adult MayfliesThis free online workshop will provide information on the life history and ecology of mayflies (Ephemeroptera). It will introduce participants to the identification of adult mayflies, with the aim of providing the knowledge to allow identification of the British families and some of the more recognisable species 16 March - Bridging the gap between Nature-based solutions vision and the realities of implementationThis first meeting of the Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Nature-based Enterprise community will address a common problem many cities face. Increased awareness of climate change and biodiversity loss has led to political and policy commitments to deliver nature-based solutions to meet these challenges. However, translating visions into practice is challenging for many cities in particular newcomers to nature-based solutions. Where to start? Who to engage with? How to engage communities? How to deliver? 22 March – Landscape Institute – Greener Recovery FestivalThe Landscape Institute are holding a Climate and Biodiversity emergency festival and five-day training conference. Thought leaders will gather to debate the greener recovery, with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation, and natural capital accounting. 23-25 March 2021 - Save the date: Nature-based solutions Innovation Summitgreenspace scotland are a partner on the Horizon 2020 Connecting Nature project along with Glasgow City Council and a host of European partners. On 23-25 March 2021 we will be hosting a virtual Nature-based solutions Innovation Summit so get the dates in your diary now. 25 March - Legacy FundraisingLooking to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost? Then sign up for Arts & Business Scotland’s Legacy Giving training session on 25 March. March 2021 - A new vision for land use in Scotland: 6 ConversationsOver the course of six weeks, nearly 50 of the best-informed speakers on all aspects of rural land use will engage in six “conversations” — each focused on a different aspect of how land is used and how it could be better used, in Scotland. Arts & Business Scotland Training Programme Arts & Business Scotland has launched their 2021 Events & Training Programme. They have lots to offer online from legacies, data protection to copywriting and more. Ongoing – Free RSPB webinars Urban WildlifeThis 4-part series explores the theme of urban nature conservation, particularly actions in and for nature that benefit both wildlife and people. All webinars are free of charge and while we encourage you to attend all sessions if possible, this is not essential so please join us for those that interest you! Ongoing - Get OutsideThe outdoors is still open! And Ordnance Survey want to help you discover the best Britain has to offer and the benefits that outdoor activity can bring. Make a start by joining the GetOutside Challenge and tick off a bit of outdoor fun each day with our free downloadable activity calendar. Ongoing – Trellis Online Learning platformBringing you Seasonal Gardening Activities training - practical training online to help you engage clients in outdoor and indoor gardening activities all year round, as well as adapt activities to your client’s needs. If interested email [email protected] Ongoing – Volunteer Scotland online courses Working with the Open University Volunteer Scotland have created a number of free online courses to encourage thinking about the volunteer voice and restarting volunteering programmes. Ongoing - Learning through Landscapes - outdoor learning online support groups during COVID-19 Free virtual forum to guide families and educators on outdoor learning. Two groups on Facebook – one for families and one for educators and teachers – delivers FREE weekly outdoor learning and play activities and training including: tutorial videos, downloadable resources, learning plans, open discussion, Q & As. The Caley’s Grow and Learn awards Grow and Learn is a flexible, person-centred award, which recognises individual progress and achievement in horticulture. As well as developing horticulture skills, participants set personal goals that help them develop important life skills and specific areas of self-development including, confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Ongoing - Urban Nature: Connecting Cities, Nature and Innovation, online courseThis course will explore nature-based solutions in cities in Europe and around the world. It will connect together the key themes of nature, cities and innovation. It will discuss how to assess what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities and examine how innovation is taking place in cities. Coursera also has a huge range of other free courses you can do, just search for free courses. Ongoing – OpenLearn – Free Learning from The Open UniversityYou can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. This includes Nature and Environment and there are courses on climate change, changing cities, sustainable energy and neighbourhood nature – to name just a few on what is on offer. Ongoing - Ecology Training UK Ltd: Introduction to EcologyThis course gives you foundation knowledge of ecological principles and it covers a range of useful topics needed for ecology careers including consultancy and conservation. You will be guided to further reading and, where relevant, will get suitable web links to explore. At the end of each module are quiz questions for you to complete. Online: 10 Module Self-study Course Watch Again How to make cities #GreenerHealthierWilder! Voices from around the WorldThe National Park City Foundation have made the three inspiring and motivating sessions from their how to make cities #GreenerHealthierWilder! TCPA Green Cities webinar series: Green places, successful placesWhy greening the UK's cities, towns and neighbourhoods matters and how to do it successfully. These free introductory webinars will be of particular interest to Councillors and those new to the Green Infrastructure agenda. Landscape Institute launch new online learning platform - LI Campus LI Campus represents the future of professional development for landscape professionals – and in recognition of the pressures COVID-19 is placing on the sector, will be free to LI members. Project for Public Spaces, New York – online events and webinarsListen to past and future webinars including “Reimagining and Re-purposing Engagement during COVID 19” in the placemaking webinar series. Social Farms and Gardens #GrowingTogether Whether you are a green fingered gardening guru or trying it out for the very first time, Social Farms and Gardens will be sharing videos, ideas and useful tips to help people grow veg at home during lockdown through the #GrowingTogether campaign. Whether you have a windowsill, garden or access to an allotment – they will be keeping it varied so that there’s something for everyone to try out. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh monthly walkaround online Enjoy on a late winter ‘walkaround’of the Edinburgh Botanics, learning about seasonal plants on the way, as a pilot for a new online short course, 'Getting started with... planting design'. Free login Ongoing - Get OutsideThe outdoors is still open! And Ordnance Survey want to help you discover the best Britain has to offer and the benefits that outdoor activity can bring. Make a start by joining the GetOutside Challenge and tick off a bit of outdoor fun each day with our free downloadable activity calendar. Ongoing – Trellis Online Learning platform Bringing you Seasonal Gardening Activities training - practical training online to help you engage clients in outdoor and indoor gardening activities all year round, as well as adapt activities to your client’s needs. If interested email Ongoing – Volunteer Scotland online coursesWorking with the Open University Volunteer Scotland have created a number of free online courses to encourage thinking about the volunteer voice and restarting volunteering programmes. Ongoing - Learning through Landscapes - outdoor learning online support groups during COVID-19 Free virtual forum to guide families and educators on outdoor learning. Two groups on Facebook – one for families and one for educators and teachers – delivers FREE weekly outdoor learning and play activities and training including: tutorial videos, downloadable resources, learning plans, open discussion & Q & As. Ongoing - The Community Leader Climate Programme, Keep Scotland Beautiful Support is offered to host a training session on the Climate Emergency for community leaders and influencers. Ongoing - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The NATURVATION projectCreating an online learning community with a collection of inspiring and educational films about the opportunities, challenges and future of nature-based solutions in an urban world. Free community path trainingPaths for All's Active Environments team are offering community organisations the opportunity to receive free training on their doorstep and on a date that suits them by hosting a range of training courses at your choice of location. Training and events for Scottish community groups tackling climate changeIf you are a Scottish community group interested in tackling climate change the free programme of training and events provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful could help support you in your work.