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.

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and Report Writing - PEA (Nr Exeter): 13th and 14th October 2020

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Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is an essential skill for any ecological consultant. Whilst on this 2-day course you will have the opportunity to visit and assess a range of different sites, with the guidance and tuition of an experienced ecologist.

During the course you will:

  • Conduct preliminary ecological appraisals at 3 different 'development' sites (it is expected that you will have some knowledge of conducting habitat mapping*)
  • Identify which protected species (eg. dormice, badgers and bats) may be present on site, by recognizing signs and suitable habitat
  • Identify protected habitats on site eg. hedgerows
  • Discuss any further survey work which will be required
  • Discuss suitable mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Learn about relevant wildlife legislation
  • Learn how to conduct a data search and desk study
  • Learn how to write a report

*Please note that it is strongly recommended that you attend the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Course, or have an understanding of the Phase 1 habitat survey methodology before attending this course as this course does not cover this technique in detail. Many of our students combine this course with our Phase I Habitat Surveying (which usually runs the day before) as they fit together nicely.

Please note that site visits will involve sustained walking for up to 4 km, some of which will be over rough ground, so please ensure you are capable of this before booking.

"This course gives one a good grounding in all areas needed for a career as a professional consultant."

"So many ideas and knowledge obtained from this course. Good variety of sites and enjoyed the amount of field study. Was good having 2 different ecologists because new ideas are brought up."

"Great eye opener."


The course will be held at

The White Hart Pub
Church Stile Lane, Woodbury, Nr Exeter EX5 1HN

Directions and a list of local accommodation will be provided when you book.


On the first day the course will start at 10 am and will finish at 6:30 pm. In the evening we will meet for a meal (optional). On the second day the course will commence at 9:30 am and finish at around 4:00 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 or phone 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 ETUK20 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

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.


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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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.”