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.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey Self-study course

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Phase 1 habitat surveying is a system of mapping habitats as a baseline to further survey work and is the industry standard used by ecologists throughout the UK. This introductory level course will greatly enhance your understanding of Phase 1 habitat surveys and give you confidence in carrying them out. The experience gained will be relevant to both consultancy and conservation.

This course is a series of 3 videos especially prepared by our Principal Ecologist and Senior Tutor Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM who will talk you through the process as if you are there.

During the course you will:

- Gain an understanding of why, how and when Phase 1 habitat surveys are used in this Video of a classroom theory session.
- Watch a video of our tutor in the field showing you how to identify and record habitats.
- Watch a video of our tutor preparing a Phase 1 habitat map in the field and later in the office.

The Phase 1 handbook is essential if you want to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and we recommend that you download from the JNCC website prior to attending the course. You will only need Part 2 - Field Manual part (from page 35 onwards).

There is an end of course Quiz which you need to pass to get your Certificate. You can also submit a practice Phase 1 map for critique.

This is what some of our students have said about this course:

"Despite being taught remotely I still felt like I understood the method from the 'classroom' session and the videos of outdoors showing different habitats and how to actually draw the map were covered very well which gave me the confidence to have a go myself. The tutor is also good at replying to any questions."

" was very clear and helpful, especially the examples and live scenarios. I really enjoyed the course..."

"Challenging and interesting. Not as daunting as expected."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have to thank you for making it so accessible during the current situation we all find ourselves in. My note book is full, my colouring pencils are worn and my boots are covered with mud after a successful Phase 1 Habitat test run."

"I am really glad that I did the course as it has made me feel more confident in the creation and application of Phase 1 habitat surveys. I am excited to get out and practice what I have learnt today."

Other Details:


Links to the videos will be provided when you book.


Start anytime - videos are about 2.5hrs altogether.

What to bring:

You will need to have a copy of the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Handbook handy (Part 2 - Field Manual - from page 35 onwards) and some coloured pencils (ideally Berol Verithin - 24 crayon set but any coloured pencils will do).

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 Sue on or call her on 07818073660.

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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.’