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.

Birds for Beginners self study

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Birds are found in all habitat types from buildings to woodland and farmland to coast. This course is suitable for beginners with a general interest in birds as well as anyone working in conservation or ecological consultancy. The aim of the course is to help you learn how to identify birds.

If you are conducting ecological surveys or undertaking conservation work you will always encounter birds and you will need to be able to identify them.

Course Description:

This introductory course is designed for anyone, especially ecologists and conservation workers who want to learn the basics about bird identification in order to enjoy bird watching or start carrying out surveys. It is aimed at beginners with little or no knowledge of the birds of the UK. The course will cover:

  • Evolution of birds
  • Introduction to bird identification (characteristic behaviours, anatomy and key features e.g. beaks, feet, legs, wing shape, feathers and markings).
  • Bird families
  • Birds and habitats
  • Bird identification in the field
  • Introduction to bird song in the field
  • Birdwatching tips
  • Encouraging birds to your garden


The course is video based with 3 videos:

Video 1 – Birds for Beginners Part 1 - In this video we cover bird evolution, bird anatomy, key identification features like beaks, legs, behaviour, markings and feather colours. Playing time 49 mins.

Video 1 - In this video we cover bird evolution, bird anatomy, key identification features like beaks, legs, feet,behaviour, markings and feather colours. Playing time 49 mins.

Video 2 – In this video we look specifically at a range of common species and their identification including tits, finches, corvids, owls and birds of prey. Playing time 29 mins.

Video 2 – In this video you will learn tips on bird watching, encouraging birds into your garden, key resources and equipment you need to enjoy birds and have an introduction to bird song. Playing time 36 mins.

There is a quiz at the end and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

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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.’