Environmental Conservation

Environmental conservations include activities such as managing our landscapes, habitats, species and access to our countryside. It is all about protecting the UK’s natural environment. It is not about profits but helps address some of our big challenges, such as climate change, and contributes to biodiversity and health and social inclusion.

Environmental conservation is a wide ranging industry that includes:

  • Conservation of landscapes, habits and species together with management of public access
  • Support for biodiversity
  • Helping people to understand and enjoy the countryside
  • Wildlife conservation.


Environmental Conservation Facts

  • There are more than 3,000 environmental conservation organisations in the UK
  • Volunteers play a huge role in helping to make sure what needs to be done in conservation is done. There are approximately 200,000 volunteers in the industry
  • 60% of the workforce is male
  • 90% of the workforce is qualified at, or above, Level 2, with more than 75% qualified to degree level (compared to a UK average of 22%)
  • Vocational qualifications are increasingly being valued by employers
  • Field identification skills remain a critical skills gap in monitoring biodiversity and the impact of climate change.  Heritage Lottery Fund initiatives, including training bursaries and Skills for the Future Projects, are helping to address industry skills shortages.


What We Do For You

We work hard to create opportunities so you can make the most of training. After all, organisations who train their staff are two and a half times more likely to succeed than those who don’t.
By working together, we can:

  • Give you the skills to meet the future challenges of environmental conservation
  • Make sure your people have the right skills to help your organisation grow
  • Help you find available funding
  • Help you find the training and development you need
  • Help you keep your workplace safe.


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