Week 5 - PMWC

Last of the PMWC theory!

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This week’s videos and presentations are here, the topics are: 

  • Documents
  • Trackers and reports.

A few notes about this week:

Documents: There is one exercise within this presentation where you need to post on the message board again, please add these as comments to this post. 

Trackers and reports: This presentation comprises a lot of exercises. After a short introduction, there are a series of exercises to work through at your own pace, these navigate you through the Project tracker and making a report. If you get stuck at all please get in touch and I will be happy to help. The use of the tracker and creation of reports will not be in the exam.


I wanted to draw your attention to examples of how the PMWC approach can be used with teams focusing on technology-based projects and research projects, see here


I've made the Kahoots available outside of the live sessions to use as a learning tool. Here is a document that contains information on how to access these. 

We will chat about revision more next week, but if you want to make a head start here is a document with ideas for revision tools. 


The exam will be on Wednesday the 5th of August at normal times (10 am BST and 6 pm BST). To accommodate those who can't make those dates we will put on an extra session at 6 pm BST Thursday the 6th August. Unfortunately only in extenuating circumstances can we put on extra exam sessions as they require a lot of our time to run. You must attend a live session to do the exam. Any questions or concerns about the exam please do get in touch.

I hope you all have good weeks and manage to fit in some outside wildlife regeneration time. Please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback. 

With wild wishes,


Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Nicola Campbell
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth
Here are my thoughts on the exercise for Documents:
Incoming dependencies - I worked for an NGO in Peru and the field station was 9 hours travel from the nearest city. Local transport was our only option (bus and boat) therefore this had to be carefully considered when planning the project. Often transport times were disrupted due to bad weather, local holidays etc. 

Outgoing dependencies - The data and analysis from my Masters thesis was needed by the NGO that supported my project. My data was was from one particular field site which was then combined with other data from other projects to make a larger dataset. 


Go to the profile of Alexandra Ferguson
about 1 year ago

For the dependencies exercise I’m using my masters research project which I’m currently organising.

Incoming:  I am reliant upon borders reopening before my planned field dates so that I can reach the field site and conduct the research.
Outgoing: The NGO I’m conducting the research for are reliant on the data I will be collecting to inform the next round of translocations.


Go to the profile of Kirsty Godsman
about 1 year ago


An example of an incoming dependency: My PhD fieldwork was reliant on forest managers/owners granting me permission to access their forests in order to collect data. Without this, I wouldn't have had any data or I might have had data from a smaller number of sites, resulting in a poorer study design and less reliable results.

An example of an outgoing dependency (I found this harder!): There was an MSc student who's research project used some of the same field sites as me but they weren't able to collect the data themselves. They were reliant on me collecting data for them to use for their project.



Go to the profile of Zoia Wowk
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth,

Incoming dependency: When at a primate field school in Cambodia working alongside PhD students, it was matter of researchers and rangers/trackers to be able to locate wild gibbons groups within their home range, as to whether you'd be able to collect data that day for a project! Some days they wouldn't call in the mornings and they became extremely hard to find to be able to observe them.

Outgoing dependency: I also found this one a little harder to answer... However, I did have to create primate conservation awareness posters that promoted to visitors to 'take action' and brought attention towards various other initiatives set up within the organisation (e.g. recycling your mobile phone).


Go to the profile of Joana
about 1 year ago

Hi Beth and everyone.

My thoughts on dependencies, from current or past projects.

Incoming dependencies: We often work with school children in our education and awareness activities, where we aim to share information about marine wildlife and conservation and foster a sense of ownership and passion for the ocean from a young age. These activities depend on permission from the District Education Department, without which we cannot implement them.

Outgoing dependencies: This one is more of a general dependency. One of the things we try to do is strengthen relationships between community fisheries managers and district authorities, specifically District Fisheries Officers, who are supposed to provide ongoing support to these community managers. Due to budgetary constraints and different priorities at the district level, Fisheries Officers don't always have the means (or interest) to travel to the different communities they work with. In all of the activities we implement, we make sure to include the Fisheries Officer, to help maintain and strengthen these relationships. However, once the project is finished, there can often be a lack of effort or interest from the Fisheries Officers to find other means to continue the work.


Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
about 1 year ago

Hello all, 

Thanks for sharing :) I like these exercises as I get to learn more about everyone's work. Yes, I think outgoing dependencies are harder to think of and perhaps less common? 


Go to the profile of Ellen Mackenzie
about 1 year ago

Hi! My examples come from the project I had initially planned for my masters research which was conducting a red squirrel survey on a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. 

Incoming - the project was reliant on getting permission from Forest and Land Scotland to survey on their land which was next to the reserve. The squirrels may have been using this land as well as the actual reserve so this was necessary for getting a full picture of the squirrel population.

Outgoing - the management plan of the reserve was due to be updated depending on the results of the survey to ensure the areas the squirrels were using were managed properly.