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.

Protected Species Awareness Course: Bespoke CPD course for architects, developers, estate agents and land managers

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A Course For Architects, Land Managers, Land Agents, Estate Agents and Landowners.

With so much protected species legislation these days it is important for people to be aware of protected species on site and to know when to call an ecologist.

When developing, clearing or managing sites, are you aware of their legal obligations with regards to protected species? Do you really know how to identify protected wildlife and when a breach in legislation may occur? Does your organisation have the right policies, procedures and training in place to avoid breaking the law with regards to wildlife?

With recent changes and strengthening in protected species legislation, more and more organisations are finding they need an awareness of protected species to avoid falling foul of the planning system or the law.

We can offer a thorough and cost-effective training package covering protected species legislation, ecology, identification and field signs, an overview of mitigation and enhancement measures, and do's and don'ts.

The course will be taught be experts in their field, all full members of CIEEM and Principal or Senior Ecologists with many years experience so delegates can ask as many questions as they like to make sure they fully understand the material.

This course will be mainly classroom based and will include a short field visit.

If you have 5 or more people who want to attend then please email to arrange a suitable date.


We can come to your location if you wish or arrange for a venue in the Exeter area.


The course will commence at 9.30 am and finish at around 4.30 pm.


The standard price for this course is £120 per person.If you have 5 or more people who would like to come then please get in touch and we can arrange a further discount.

This fee covers tuition only and you will need to bring a packed lunch.


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 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.”