What do you want to achieve this year? Here are a few tips on what you can do if you are just starting out in the world of ecology.
You could book onto our Certificate in Ecological Consultancy Course. We look forward to welcoming this year’s students to their core week in April, where they will start by learning about phase 1 habitat surveys, protected species surveys and report writing.
This year, as usual, we will be following the progress of our students in our blogs and photos, in which they will share their experiences of making their first footsteps into the world of ecology.
Are you just starting out as an ecologist? What can you do to get that all important practical experience? Now is the time to start thinking about what you need to do. Why not sit down and make a plan. Write a list of what you want to achieve this year; pinpoint your weaknesses; formulate a plan of how you can reach your goals. Here are a few tips:
Join your local wildlife groups
There is a wealth of experience and knowledge in local wildlife groups. Look up your county bat group, mammal group or bird group. You may also have botany or reptile groups in your area. Get in touch and see what they do. From talks to field trips and days out they can help you build up your knowledge.
As well as going to events organised by local groups, why not see if there is a volunteering scheme? The Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust, RSPB and other organisations often run outdoor volunteering groups. These can help you with habitat management and species identification, while giving something back to your community.
It’s early yet, but as the year progresses get a plant ID book and go and identify everything you can! It’s daunting, but the more work you put in, the better you will get. Until it warms up a bit outside, why not go to your local library and see what books they have? There are loads of great books written about British wildlife.
Why not check out our bookshop.
Take a course
Where can you find great courses about ecology? Here of course! We have a range of short courses and longer online courses to help you fill in the gaps in your knowledge and experience. Whether you need to learn about protected species surveys, dormouse ecology or bat surveys, we can help. Look at our selection online or get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.
Good luck. We hope to see you on a course with us soon.