Introductory Short Courses

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.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey (Exeter): 28th May 2021

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Phase 1 habitat surveying is a system of mapping habitats as a baseline to further survey work and is the industry standard used by ecologists throughout the UK. This introductory level course will greatly enhance your understanding of Phase 1 habitat surveys and give you confidence in carrying them out. The field experience gained will be relevant to both consultancy and conservation.

During the course you will:

- Gain an understanding of why, how and when Phase 1 habitat surveys are used.
- Gain field experience of identifying and recording habitats.
- Learn identification of dominant plant species.
- Prepare a Phase 1 habitat map in the classroom.

The Phase 1 handbook is essential if you want to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and we recommend that you download and print one from the JNCC website prior to attending the course.

Please note that the course is partly field based and you will be required to walk up to 3 km and on uneven ground, so please ensure that you are capable of this before booking.

"Good atmosphere, good value, good fun and hands-on"

"Very good course - informative and providing the skills necessary to progress in the ecological sector. Highly recommended."

"Challenging and interesting. Not as daunting as expected."

Many of our students combine the Phase 1 Course with our Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Course (which often runs on the following two days) as it is the next logical step in their learning. Also students who struggle with botanical identification also attend Beginners Botany, Grass ID and Tree ID courses. To find out more on the website.

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The course will be held at St Lukes Church Rooms, 32 School Lane, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 3LB. The Training Room is not far from the motorway so is easy to reach by car. There are also fairly frequent buses from the centre of Exeter, so arriving by public transport is a feasible option. Directions and accommodation list will be sent to you when you book.


The course will start at 10 am and will finish at around 4 pm.

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch and a copy of the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Handbook. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book.

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If you are a company and require an invoice do NOT book here but email us instead. You will need to give us your company details and purchase order (if you have one) and we will raise an invoice. Joining instructions will be sent separately.


Email or call Sue on 07818073660.

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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 9GZNBNH7UV5Z at checkout to get 20% off the price for our one or two day introductory or online 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

If you require an invoice then please email otherwise please book online. We cannot take cheques or payments over the phone at this time.

To request an invoice please state:

  • 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 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.


Our courses are held at various locations including Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Hampshire and Surrey. Please check your course details as 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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If you would like to register your interest and be the first to know about our next available dates for any of our courses, please email making sure you state the course you are interested in and we will put you on the list and let you know about next available dates.

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.”