GAP courses

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GAP offers 2 major training courses; "Stock Checkers" and "Conservation Grazing in practice". These are offered publicly or a private in house basis. Both courses include a mix of outdoor practical sessions and indoor classroom work. There is not a fixed programme of courses as they are arranged on demand.

  • A one day Livestock Checkers course designed to provide basic training for volunteer stock checkers.
  • A two day Conservation Grazing in Practice course aimed at increasing awareness of the behaviour and husbandry of grazing animals in extensive/conservation grazing systems. The course covers everything from paperwork and legal requirements to a practical handling session.

At the moment two Conservation Grazing in Practice courses have been confirmed for this year. 

Public Courses in 2016

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Conservation Grazing in Practice

14th & 15th March at the National Trust for Scotland, Culloden Battlefield, Inverness
12th & 13th October at Ebworth in Gloucestershire

An introduction to extensive/conservation grazing and the use of livestock to achieve environmental objectives.

The course covers:

  • Grazing and grazing systems
  • Animal health, welfare and behaviour
  • The key legislation, the role and responsibilities of a keeper and health & safety and risk assessments
  • How to safely and effectively carry out livestock handling techniques

Conservation Grazing in Practice is a 2 day course - £310 + VAT (includes lunch but not accommodation) and is a mix of outdoor practical sessions and indoor classroom work.

GAP training courses are accredited by Lantra Awards. Delegates will receive a certificate by post after successful completion of the course. All trainers used by GAP are also accredited by Lantra. 

A detailed workbook will be provided for extra notes and a CD which includes welfare codes, factsheets, contacts and additional information.

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We also run bespoke courses for groups (at least 8 people), including a Lantra accredited 1 day Livestock Checkers course. Email gap@rbst.org.uk for more information.

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