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  • Now online-Managing Notable Gardens
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NEW Ebook-Leadership

New Leadership Ebook

What makes a good leader? Is it an innate personality trait or a skill that can be acquired? This book is an excellent guide to the theories and practice of leadership. It is full of interesting facts about social dynamics and examples of leadership styles. For those who are curious or in need of some leadership skills, this book will provide both entertainment and advice.

To download a free sample, or to purchase, please click here.

Now online-Managing Notable Gardens

Popular course now online! Managing Notable Gardens.

This course will teach you management strategies for long term survival of plants and garden features. You will learn how to evaluate funding for historic gardens, and gain an understanding of visitor management for control of visitor impact on historic or important public parks and gardens.

A designed landscape can be described as parks, gardens or grounds that are pre-conceived, designed and constructed for artistic effect. Parklands, woodlands, water and notable formal and informal gardens are included. Some may have significant wildlife, archaeological and scientific interest; they are also often the grounds in which buildings of historical significance are situated.

To read the full course outline - including what can be classified as a notable garden - and to enrol, please click here.

Ebooks coming soon

ACS will soon be releasing some more ebooks. Titles coming soon include:

Management, Weeds, Creative Writing, Photographic Techniques.

Check out our bookshop to keep up to date. Please click here.


Next instalment: Wildlife Adventurer's Journal

Instalment two from Fran Bell - our Wildlife Adventurer.

"When I arrived we had several lion and tiger cubs of various ages, with all the lion cubs having come from other breeders and all but 3 of the tigers being born on the farm. We had 5 tiger cubs around 8 and 6 months of age in one enclosure, all a bit big and boisterous for me to feel really comfortable with them.

In another we had 5 tiger cubs around 4 months of age and one lion cub, Baba, who was 3 months old. Three of the tigers had come from another breeder and were extremely naughty, and the other two were separated from their mother when they were 6 weeks old – too old, really, to socialise and habituate to people. It took a long time for them to start chuffing (tiger greeting) and approaching people, and there was one in particular, Dutch, who was very skittish. He became my special project (I like the difficult ones!) and by the time he was old enough to go "downstairs", he would come up to me to say hello and sometimes let me stroke his nose. I could approach him when no-one else could – kinda cool, huh!! In what we call the Day Enclosure there were 3 lion cubs and 3 tiger cubs of around 6 and 7 weeks respectively. Little Princess was in there then, as were Forrest and Jenny, and the tigers Eli, Embla and Eira. The little tiger females were very skittish although their brother was quite happy to come and flop on my lap after his bottle. Embla later became an escape artist, scaling walls in the day enclosure and later, when all cubs were moved to a bigger enclosure, finding a way to dodge the electric fencing so she could take herself for a wander. As she was so skittish, getting her back in was a major operation and she ended up in "solitary" for a few days. It seemed to work –she didn't once try to escape after that."

Fran Bell is studying our Certificate in Wildlife Management course.

Some of Fran's small charges

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