These courses are aimed at professional ecologists that require some extra training. Courses can not only boost your skills and knowledge, but will count towards your CPD.

Our advanced ecology training courses are run by either our own experienced ecologists or by guest tutors who are experts on that particular topic/species.

Great Crested Newts and Development (Dorset): Spring 2021

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Great crested newts are widespread across lowland England and occupy a range of habitats, in rural, suburban and urban areas. Although they breed in ponds, they spend much of their life on land. This means that there is potential for great crested newts to be present on many development sites. Therefore it is important that ecologists have a clear understanding of the legislation and guidance relating to great crested newts and development, and to make sure that appropriate mitigation techniques are used.

The course will be taught by Lindsay Carrington BSc DPhil MCIEEM who is an ecological consultant with many years of experience of working with great crested newts on development projects. Please note that this course will be held near Swanage in Dorset.

Please note that this course can be combined with the Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying Course that starts on the previous day.

Course outline:

This advanced course is primarily aimed at ecologists who work with developers on sites where great crested newts may be present. This day will be spent in the classroom and will cover the following topics:

  • Licensing and legislation
  • Survey requirements
  • Mitigation techniques
  • Workshop (devising mitigation for a series of case studies).

"Great way to learn loads about GCNs in a very short period of time, thus setting me up well for GCN work in the future."


The course will be held at Leeson Field Studies Centre, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3EU. A location map and a list of local accommodation will be provided when you book.


The course starts at 10:00 am and finishes by around 4 pm.

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch.

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General Course Information

The following general information is applicable to most of our Advanced Courses, however some courses have specific information so please read your course description carefully. If you have further questions, please visit our FAQs section.


Our one-day Advanced courses cost £160 per person unless otherwise stated (e.g. Bats: How to write an EPSL – £250, Bats Licence Training – Revise and Assess – £250.)

We are happy to raise an invoice for you, however this service will incur a £10 charge. Please email to request an invoice stating:

  • company name and address
  • purchase order number (if applicable)
  • course title/date
  • delegate name.

What to bring: 

You will need to bring a packed lunch, refreshments will be available. Please check your specific course details as you may also be required to bring additional equipment, this will be provided on booking.


Our Advanced courses usually commence at 10am and finish at around 4-4.30pm, however please check your specific course details as differences in timings shall be stated in the course description. For example our two day courses tend to have a longer first day.


Our courses are held at various locations including Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Bristol.  Please check your specific course details as stated in the course description.

In case you need to stay overnight nearby the course location, we will provide you with a list of local accommodation once you have gone through checkout.

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This is what some of our students have said about our advanced level courses:

‘Really great course which clearly answered all of my questions. Enjoyable, lots of informative case studies’

‘I was really impressed with the amount I learnt today. The course was full of case studies which really helped put different types of mitigation into perspective.’

‘Very knowledgeable tutor, with a friendly atmosphere to discuss and ask questions.’