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.

Habitat Restoration- Self Study Course

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This self-study course has been designed to provide you with as much knowledge as possible about the various habitat creation and restoration objectives and techniques, starting with a background to habitat types and the benefits of habitat creation and restoration to protected species. This course is an ideal follow-on from the Habitat Management self-study course. This course is suitable for ecological consultants and also those wishing to increase their knowledge on widely used techniques to maintain and improve habitat and species diversity.

The course comprises 6 modules, each covering different aspects of the topic. There is also a set of quiz questions at the end.

Module 1 - Why Create and Restore Habitats
Module 2 - Habitats and Features for Protected Species
Module 3 - Planning for Habitat Creation and Restoration
Module 4 - Methods for Habitat Creation and Restoration
Module 5 - Habitat Creation Project: Grassland and Living Roofs
Module 6 - Management and Monitoring

Course format: These 6 self-study modules will be sent out via e-mail on a weekly basis from the time that you enrol (you can enrol at any time), so that you can read through the content in your own time. To further enhance your knowledge and learning experience, there will be some directed reading and further study questions. At the end there will be a short quiz which you will send to us to be marked and then you will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Time commitment: The 6 self-study modules are sent out on a weekly basis and you are also given an additional 2 weeks to complete the course (although extra time can be given if requested). We advise students to allow 2-4 hours per week to complete each module and to read around the subject.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will have gained a wider knowledge on the subject of habitat restoration that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors. You will gain an understanding of:

  • reasons for creating and restoring habitats;
  • how habitats and features can be created/restored to benefit a range of protected species;
  • how to plan for a habitat creation/restoration project;
  • a range of habitat creation and restoration techniques, specifically looking at grassland and living roofs in Module 5; and
  • management and monitoring procedures.

Core text: There is a vast range of good texts on this topic. A few include:

  • Gilbert G L, Anderson P (1998). Habitat Creation and Repair. Oxford University Press.
  • Baines C, Smart J (1991). A Guide to Habitat Creation. The London Ecology Unit.
  • Parker, D.M. (1995). Habitat Creation – A Critical Guide. English Nature.
  • Walker K J et al (2003) The Restoration and Recreation of Species-Rich Lowland Grassland on Land Formerly Managed for Intensive Agriculture in the UK. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Price: The course costs only £107 (plus VAT). This price does not include the suggested texts.

How to book: You can book on-line here. Alternatively, if you are a company, you can request an invoice by emailing

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.

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All our online courses are individually priced.

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.

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.’