Building conservation masterclass

Managing Wildlife in the Historic Environment with Alan Cathersides

Ref: B3D07334



This course is intended for architects, surveyors, contractors and site managers. The teaching is divided between illustrated lectures and local site visits to a hill fort, church and ruined priory and unique access to the West Dean bat tunnel accompanied by a licensed bat handler. The course aims to give an understanding of the plants and animals which are found on and in historic buildings and sites and the implications of legislation in their management. These are not only important for wildlife conservation but they also contribute to the aesthetic appeal of sites and are a valuable educational resource. While some may be damaging to masonry or artefacts, others are benign and might actually give protection from erosion or decay. The course will look at the flora and fauna of historic structures and their surroundings, the use of vegetation to protect ruined wall-tops ('soft capping') and the implications for site management with special reference to bats and their conservation requirements. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or The Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair (PDD Building Cons) can be achieved through the successful completion of 10 BCMs and the submission of a final 3,000-word portfolio. For more information about the Diploma please contact the Course Organiser, as above.


Alan Cathersides

BCM Course Leader

Alan Cathersides has spent 40 years working in historic landscapes, for the last 27 with English Heritage/Historic England and is currently a National Landscape Advisor with Historic England. He is particularly interested in the management of historic sites to benefit both their historic and natural interest.

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