Where logical, we have combined two courses to provide a combined course of two or three days. This gives you a great opportunity to study a subject more thoroughly, from the ecology and conservation, legislation and survey methods, right up to mitigation techniques. 

Combined Great Crested Newt Course (Dorset): Spring 2020

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We offer our introductory and advanced courses as a combination course with great savings!

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 know how to survey for them and have a good understanding of their ecology and appropriate mitigation measures.

Both days 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 these courses will be held near Studland in Dorset.

Day 1: Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying

This is an introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation. This part of the course will be part classroom and part field based and will cover the following topics:

  • Ecology and habitat requirements
  • Newt identification
  • Over-view of survey legislation
  • Over-view of health, safety, welfare considerations (surveyor & newts)
  • Survey techniques
  • Practical field visit – Habitat Suitability Index
  • Evening and early morning field visits to undertake basic survey techniques including bottle trapping, egg-searching and torching.

Day 2: Great Crested Newt and Development - Advanced Level

Ecologists need to 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.

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."

"I absolutely loved seeing my first newts and having the opportunity to handle them and learn about them"


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


Day 1: The Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying Introductory course begins at 5 pm and runs till around 10 pm in the evening, with a break for a meal (not included in the price). The course resumes again at 6.30 am the next morning to check the bottle traps, and will draw to a close around 8 am.

Day 2: The Great Crested Newts and Development Course starts at 10:00 am and finishes by around 4 pm.

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book.


Email ecologytraininguk@gmail.com or call Sue on 07818073660.

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General Course Information

The following general information is applicable to most of our Combined 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 combined courses are individually priced, depending on which courses have been combined.

Are you an organisation that requires a VAT invoice for the course fee? We are happy to raise an invoice for you, however this service will incur a £10 charge. Please click here to complete an easy online booking form, and our finance manager shall be in touch with you shortly.

You can also pay by cheque or BACS. Click here to complete our online form.

What to bring: 

You need to bring a packed lunch and if there is a field course element then bring a drink bottle too. Refreshments will be available in the classroom. Please check your specific course details as you may also be required to bring additional equipment.


Our Introductory and 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.


Most of our courses are held at our Training Centre at The Granary, Westpoint, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ. However please check your specific course details as differences in locations shall be 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 combined courses:

‘Very useful with a lot of information, which I can apply in my workplace’

‘I found the course absolutely invaluable.  It was a fantastic experience and the knowledge of the tutors was amazing!’