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2017: Lindsay Mackinlay, Parnassus Ecology

All photos by Lindsay Mackinlay, except Threave House photo (credit: Karl Munday) & Jason Gilchrist

Training and Public Engagement

Parnassus Ecology can offer a variety of training courses for a wide range of audiences. Lindsay has successfully organised and led well-received training courses and talks for over 18 years on habitat surveys, plant identification, great crested newt surveys, bats around buildings, Scottish wildcats and conservation philosophy.

 

Most recently, Lindsay has provided training for TCV Scotland's training programme and to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) ranger service, as well as co-leading the popular Upland Plant ID course at Ben Lawers NNR alongside NTS. He has also delivered and assisted on woodland herbivore impact assessment training on behalf of SNH and  Lowland Deer Network Scotland. He gives regular lectures to students at Napier University (Edinburgh) and also regularly leads public guided walks on wild plants.

Lindsay is currently offering training on the following topics:

  • Botanical identification skills, including Phase One habitat survey indicator species;

  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys (Preliminary Ecological Appraisals)

  • Bats and historic building works

  • Woodland Herbivore Impact Assessments

Other courses are available and can be tailored to address your needs!

"Lindsay was a natural teacher who was able to tune in to the needs of everyone in the group. He made all our contributions equally valued and imparted a lot of enthusiasm with his teaching'  Carolyn Skelton, trainee on Phase 1 Habitat Survey (& Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey), Aug 2017, course run for TCV Scotland

Lindsay has been contributing to our Employment Insight Day for our MSc Wildlife Biology and Conservation, MSc Ecotourism, and final year BSc Animal Biology and Conservation degree programme students for a number of years now. Lindsay’s talks have proved both informative and insightful to students (and staff!), and are always greatly appreciated by our students.

Dr. Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist & Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

Lindsay delivered several sessions as part of our Summer holiday offer at the National Museum of Rural Life. A wonderful educator, Lindsay is used to working with a variety of ages and audiences and made plant, insect and animal identification accessible and fun for all visitors. Both staff and visitors learned a great deal more about the flora and fauna on the farm and we’ll be sure to have Lindsay back soon!  Nicki Bray,  Learning Officer,  National Museum of Rural Life & National War Museum