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.

Tree ID (Bristol): 20th July 2020

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This one-day course introduces the trees which are native to the British Isles, as well as common non-native species, and focuses on the techniques used to identify them. The course will give you an opportunity to learn and practice your identification skills, and to build up a collection of specimens and associated notes.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Tree structure, terminology and features commonly used for ID
  • Tree families and clues to their ID
  • Using keys and field guides
  • Site visits to woodland areas

By the end of this course participants will have learnt how to recognise the main native species of tree found in the UK, and how to use keys to identify them.

Other information:


The course will be held at St Michael’s Centre, The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PD. The Training Room is not far from the M5, M4 and M32 motorways so is easy to reach by car. It is also very close to Bristol Parkway train station. There are also fairly frequent buses from the centre of Bristol, so arriving by public transport is a feasible option.

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


The course will start at 10.00 am and run until around 4.30pm.

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 including a Tree ID book.

Need an invoice?

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. There is an additional admin fee of £10 for this service.


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.”