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Reptile and Amphibian ID and Surveying - Self Study Course

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Learn How To Identify UK Reptiles And Amphibians

This online short course is designed to take you through how to identify all the UK native species of Reptiles and Amphibians. It covers physical appearance and ID features, ecology, distribution, legal protection and survey techniques.

Guidance on further reading is given.

The course comprises of 3 modules which are viewed online. You will be sent the links weekly to give you a chance to do background reading and with Module 3 you will receive the quiz. The first module will be sent to you when you book onto the course.

Module 1 - British Reptiles
Module 2 - British Amphibians
Module 3 - Surveying for Reptiles and Amphibians + course Quiz

Other Details:

Who is the course aimed at?
  • People who want to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.
  • People interested in a career in ecology.
  • People who have a general interest in reptiles and amphibians
  • People who may need to identify UK reptiles and amphibians during surveys

Course format: The course is in the form of slides containing text, illustrations and photographs with links to texts. At the end there will be a short photographic quiz where you can test your new skills. You will send your answers via email to be marked. On completion you will be issued with a certificate of attendance if you get 70% or more.

What students say about this course:

"Thank you for the course; it was really enjoyable and very educational!" PS

Time commitment: This 3 module short course is expected to take around 4-5 hours to complete. There is no specific time limit for completing the course, but you will not receive a certificate until you have submitted your quiz answers. You will have access to the material for 6 weeks.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will be able to identify all native UK reptiles and amphibians and also know about their distribution and ecology, legal protection, as well as survey techniques.

Core texts:

  • FSC Guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain and Ireland.
  • Frogs and Toads by Trevor Beebee. Published by Whittet Books (2004).
  • Herpetofauna Workers Manual*
  • Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook*
  • Reptile Habitat Management Handbook*
  • Amphibian Habitat Management Handbook*

* Available online and links are given within the course.

Price: The course costs £57 (plus VAT). This does not include the price of the core 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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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.’