CJS Professional: April edition

This is a most unusual, but I fear may become normal, edition of CJS Professional. For the first time since the first edition in September 1999 there are no job adverts, unsurprisingly there are few paid posts currently being advertised. However, as CJS is a lot more than jobs these days there is still a full monthly newsletter for you to enjoy, filled with new features such as Volunteering from Home, plenty of articles many this month highlighting the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, sector news and some training, not the usual calendar of short courses as most have been cancelled or postponed but instead details of what's available in an online learning format.
We hope you are keeping well in these trying times.
With very best wishes from the whole CJS Team.
The CJS Team

The April edition of CJS Professional is now online, read it in full here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Professional/  (you may need to refresh your browser)

Click the headers to browse each section, or click on each item
As the situation develops we will post notices on our social media but our dedicated Covid19 page should be your first point of reference.  We will update with any changes or information.
As long as we keep receiving jobs and organisations release news we'll keep on posting the information online and producing the regular updates and newsletters, so for now we're open and it's business (almost) as usual. Should anything change updates will be posted in the usual places across social media and on the blog.
Changes and updates
Shorter office hours, 10am - 4pm
New page: Information and advice for COVID19
Campaigns and funding addition: Under normal circumstances CJS doesn’t promote fundraising campaigns but these are not normal circumstances and we're aware that many of our wonderful charities are suffering a significant downturn in donations just as costs are going up
CJS Photography Competition: With immediate effect we are suspending the competition. We are happy to share any images that will lift the spirits
CJS Weekly: Option to put your subscription on hold

Whilst practical countryside, conservation and wildlife volunteering to maintain our countryside and help out wildlife cannot carry on until the outbreak is over there are many forms of volunteering that can be done from home, citizen science projects, helping with social media monitoring, assisting with office administration and accountancy for example and many organisations are now looking to move their volunteering offer into from home options. To help with this we've created a Volunteering from Home page in our volunteers directory, you can see it here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/volunteering-from-home
This new page has 5 adverts for voluntary roles plus 14 for citizen science and surveys that can all be completed from home.

Those that can be done from home, some existing surveys plus lots of new ones.
Calling all land managers / rangers and other staff working at countryside and nature sites: Mary Ainsley is completing her final year at Harper Adams, studying Countryside Management, she is studying the effect that countryside and nature sites have on visitor wellbeing for her dissertation.
#SlowWays: 500 volunteers wanted! Help create a network of 4,000+ walking routes connecting Great Britain’s towns and cities… without leaving home.

No Insectinction. Buglife have launched the No Insectinction Campaign calling on global decision makers to reverse the declines through a series of measures. All of which we can also implement ourselves to a small degree to be part of the necessary global change. [more]
The Wild Coast of Wester Ross. Professional landscape photographer Paul Gallagher's account of a photography trip to the Outer Hebrides [more]
The Dartmoor Pony – Combining Conservation and Heritage. An introduction to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and their work [more]
Countryside Alliance bringing you community cheer, COVID-19 hub and Community Cheer initiatives [more]
The Cambridge Canopy Project: preparing a city for a changing climate by Dr Matthew Ling, Project Lead, Cambridge Canopy Project.  The Project seeks to help the City adapt to a changing climate by cultivating a resilient urban forest with increased tree canopy cover. [more]
Living with Mammals Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on volunteers across the country to record sightings of wild mammals (or the signs they leave behind, such as footprints or droppings) they see in their gardens, or from their balconies or windows, to help conservationists understand how their numbers are changing and to record the diversity of mammals living in our gardens and green spaces. [more]
Keep up the outdoor learning  Wales Outdoor Learning Week is one of the many events and activities across the country to have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is hoped the events planned for Wales Outdoor Learning Week can go ahead later this year. In the meantime, Natural Resources Wales will be sharing daily ‘outdoor learning’ activities and ideas for things to do at home – whilst adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines. [more]
Can plants indicate the health of ponds? by Dr Alan Law, lecturer in ecology, University of Stirling. An overview of some of his work on water quality and freshwater life of 30 ponds in the Glasgow area to get an idea of their quality, part of a Natural Environmental Research Council funded project called Hydroscape, that looks at connectivity and stressors in freshwaters. [more]

Change of CJS Focus editions for this year.
Normally we publish four editions a year but because of the current lock down situation and so many people and working from home we have cancelled the August edition on Fundraising and Promotion and the November edition on Ecology and Biodiversity is under review, we'll make a decision about this one in August.
The next edition is CJS Focus on Environmental Education and Outdoor Activities in association with The Countryside Education Trust  due for publication on 11 May, this edition is far enough along in production that it will go ahead as planned although it may be slightly slimmer than usual but it will have plenty of interesting articles and useful contacts for you. Submit your adverts online or contact Amy.
  • £1 million to support transition to future farming system - Defra
  • Budget 2020 – significant new funding needed to restore nature and tackle climate change - The Wildlife Trusts
Land and Countryside Management
  • UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve created on Purbeck Heaths - Natural England
  • NRW joins multi-agency group to tackle invasive species - Natural Resources Wales
  • Could weeds be the answer to reversing insect declines? - Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • HS2 to start digging up ancient woodland from April - Woodland Trust
Pollution, sustainablity and climate
  • Plea to clean our seas as National Trust reveals strangest items to wash up on its shores - The National Trust
Recreation and volunteering
  • New initiative will inspire more people to learn about their local heath - South Downs National Park Authority
  • National Trust launches #BlossomWatch to emulate Japan’s Hanami - The National Trust
Scientific Research, Results and Publications
  • Peak district grasslands hold key to global plant diversity - University of Sheffield
  • Keeping Cats Indoors Could Blunt Adverse Effects to Wildlife - NC State University
  • Common treatments used on cattle have devastating impacts on wildlife, new study reveals - University of Sussex
  • Urban birds need to be smart or fast-breeding - University College London
Animal and wildlife news
  • Government report confirms TB strategy retains culling option - National Farmers Union
  • Government gives badgers a reprieve - The Wildlife Trusts
  • Alder signal moth found in Scotland for first time at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre - Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Rare Short-necked oil beetle found in Wales - Buglife
We may have paused our Photography competition but here are lovely winners from others.
  • Astonishing 2020 National Parks photography competition – urges us all to protect nature - Campaign for National Parks and The UK National Parks
  • Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020 – we have a winner! - Mammal Society
Training Directory: Online events, Webinars and Distance Learning
Lockdown you can still learn! Ecology Training UK offers a range of self-study courses.

Details of 2 new and updated listings.

Print length this edition: 68 pages
The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: 14 May
Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 11 May