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Currently the majority of the environmental advice of farm is provided by BASIS qualified agronomists that successfully passed their training and examination of the following modules “BASIS BETA - Biodiversity and Environmental Training for Advisers” and “BASIS Conservation Management”.
Due to the fact that there is substantial crossover between the 2 modules it was decided to merge them and create a new course that will deliver a complete and up to date content on Conservation and Environmental issues across the UK and across sectors (Farming environment and Natural environment). In order to meet the requirement of both sectors, the training was structured in 3 units: a core module that will cover all the general aspects related to the subject and 2 skill areas one with Agronomic Specialism for on-farm advisors and one with an Environmental Specialism designed for non-farmed area.
This descriptor is for the core module that is designed to deliver all necessary knowledge and information for farm advisors and environmental advisors in the UK. This module can be followed either by one of the specific skill modules Agronomic Specialism for farm advisors and Environmental Specialism for natural environment experts, or both.
BETA Conservation Management Core
Conservation and improvement of the environment and biodiversity on farms coupled with sustainable farming practices are key goals of the UK farming sector.
Legislation related to sustainable ways of farming, integrated farm management, environmental protection and conservation issues on farms and guidance literature developed to help farmers to meet the statutory requirements produced an enormous volume of reading. Many farmers are finding it difficult to comprehend the scale of what is required and the depth of knowledge needed to achieve the rewards for the Environmental Stewardship Schemes. Most farmers are excellent production managers but their expected role is now demanding a change of emphasis to build up the countryside management element of their job.
BETA Conservation Management – Agricultural Specialism
BASIS BETA Conservation Management – Agricultural Specialism is a module that is designed to reinforce the aspects related to Integrated Farm Management and builds on the study completed in the Core module. This specialism is designed and aimed at professions involved in providing environmental advice on farms and the farmed environment.
BETA Conservation Management – Environmental Specialism
BASIS BETA Conservation Management – Environmental Specialism is a module that is designed to reinforce aspects related to Conservation Management of natural environment and builds on the study completed in the Core module. This specialism is designed and aimed at professionals involved in environmental advice in a farming and non-farming context, e.g. Natural England, Water companies, etc.
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