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.

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

"I really enjoyed the reptile and amphibian ID course and learning more about our native species!" JS

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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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.’