Online Courses

Here is your opportunity to expand your knowledge about ecology and conservation from the comfort of your own home. IF THE ONLINE SHOP IS NOT WORKING PLEASE EMAIL for details. 

Here are our current online courses:
  • NEW! Bat Ecology and Surveying
  • Bats: Architectural Terms for Bat Workers
  • Bats: Health and Safety for Bat Workers
  • Bats: Surveying Buildings for Bats*
  • Bats: Introduction to Bats*
  • Bats: Activity Surveys – transects and emergence surveys*
  • Bats: Surveying Trees for Bats*
  • Badger Ecology and Surveying *
  • Beaver Ecology and Surveying*
  • Beginners Botany*~
  • NEW! Career Kick-Starter 6 step program
  • Dormouse Ecology and Surveying*
  • Grass ID *~
  • NEW! Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying
  • Habitat Management
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Mammal ID
  • Reptile and Amphibian ID and surveying
  • Reptile Ecology and Surveying*
  • Otter Ecology and Surveying*
  • Phase 1 Habitat mapping
  • Surveying for Protected Species*
  • Woodland Management for Biodiversity
*These courses are in a different format with Sue Searle BSc PGDip, MCIEEM, Principal Ecologist taking you through the ‘classroom’ part of the course then she takes you out in the field to see things for yourself. These courses are delivered as video and have a course quiz at the end and you will gain a Certificate!
~ these courses will be available again in the spring when the plants are in flower again. 
All courses receive a Certificate on satisfactory completion of a quiz.

Bats: Surveying Buildings for Bats self study course

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Interested in bats? Working towards your bat licence? This short introduction to surveying buildings for bats will be both relevant and interesting! If you are working towards your bat licence it is one of the elements you need to cover.

We have designed this course to give you foundation knowledge of the principles of surveying buildings for bats and includes ‘going out’ to assess a couple of buildings. It is in the form of videos hosted by a Principal Ecologist and experienced bat worker with over 20 years’ experience.

The course covers surveying buildings for bats which is both interesting and informative and forms part of your training for a bat licence.

It covers a range of useful topics including identifying bat signs, basic architectural terms, health and safety, how to carry out a survey, data recording and licensing. You will gain lots of tips and information to be able to carry out bat surveys (with a licensed bat worker). At the end of the course is a short quiz for you to complete. If you get over 70% you will receive a certificate.

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Who is the course aimed at?

  • People who want to pursue a career in conservation or ecological consultancy.
  • People who want a better understanding of surveying for bats.
  • People interested in working towards their bat licence.

Course format: This short course is in two parts and delivered as videos prepared by a bat worker with over 20 years’ experience.

Video 1 covers the principles behind surveying for bats in buildings - identifying bat signs, health and safety, survey aims, roost type assessment, data recording and licensing.

Video 2 you go out with an extremely experienced bat worker to explore two sites and to show you how to carry out an internal and external survey of a building, what to look for, how to assess the site and what conclusions were reached. This video also covers some basic architectural terms in order for you to be able to describe buildings. (There is another course available called Bats: Architectural Terms for Bat Workers available on our website).

At the end of the course there will be a short quiz which you will send to us to be marked. If you get over 70% then you will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Time commitment: Allow around 4 hours to study the materials and look up references.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will have an awareness of the principles behind surveying buildings for bats. You will gain a wider knowledge on the subject that will contribute towards gaining a bat licence.

Price: The course costs £70 (plus VAT).

How to book: You can book here. Once you have booked, we will e-mail you to confirm that your booking has been received and you will then be able to start the course straight away.

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This is what some of our students have said about our online courses:

‘The [habitat management] course is certainly paying off as I’m currently managing woodlands as part of the graduate development programme with the FC. I’m about to apply for the membership with the Institute of Chartered Foresters and thought of attaching this certificate!’

‘Thank you for the course, I found it very interesting and definitely improved my knowledge of the fundamentals of habitat management.’