These carefully designed courses, particularly aimed at budding ecologists, are suitable for beginners and are taught by practicing ecologists. Our courses offer a mixture of classroom and practical field work to help reinforce new knowledge and skills.
Introductory Level Short Courses
General Course Information
The following general information is applicable to most of our Introductory Courses, however some courses have specific information so please read your course description carefully. If you have further questions, please visit our FAQs section.
Are you a full-time student, full-time volunteer or are you unemployed? Please enter the code Acorn20 at checkout to get 20% off the price for our one or two day introductory courses. This code IS NOT VALID for advanced courses. Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of your student / volunteer / unemployed status on the day you attend the course.
Our one-day introductory courses cost £120 per person
Our two-day introductory courses cost £220 per person
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.
What to bring:
You will need to bring a packed lunch for each course day, bring a drink bottle for the field visit. Drinks are available during the classroom sessions. Please also check your specific course details as you may be required to bring additional equipment.
Our introductory courses usually commence at 10am and finish at around 4-4.30pm, however please check your specific course details as differences in timings are stated in the course description. For example two-day courses tend to finish later on the first day.
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 course details as differences in locations are 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 introductory level courses:
“I’m positive that this experience has helped me gain employment in the ecology sector.”
“Sue has a great knack to empower the field botanist in you.”
“I very much enjoyed the course and was surprised by how much we were able to fit in. I would definitely come on another course! Thanks very much!”
“I would whole heartedly recommend this course to anyone looking to brush up on their field skills.”