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.

Woodland Management for Biodiversity - self study

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This self-study course has been designed to give you foundation knowledge of woodland habitat management in the UK, so if you are considering working in the conservation/reserve management within woodlands sector this course will be an ideal starting point. The course is also suitable for those wanting to work as ecological consultants because consultants frequently produce management plans and give advice on enhancing sites for wildlife.

The course comprises of 10 modules sent to you weekly with additional reading to consolidate y our learning.

The 10 weekly modules are:

•Module 1 - Why manage woodlands?
•Module 2 - Woodland Management Techniques
•Module 3 - Problems of Woodland Management
•Module 4 - Woodland Management for Birds
•Module 5 - Woodland Management for Dormice
•Module 6 - Woodland Management for Bats
•Module 7 - Woodland Management for Invertebrates
•Module 8 - Woodland Management for Plant Diversity
•Module 9 - Woodland Management Plans

•Module 10 - Monitoring Woodland Management and Conclusions

Other Details:

Course format: These 10 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 at the end of each module. 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.

* if you would rather have all the modules at once then please get in touch.

What our students say:

"The course is brilliant and really interesting, thank you for putting it together."

"Thank you very much for creating the woodland course, I found it very interesting and informative. It will be very useful going forward in my career in conservation."

"I found this course very useful and full of practical information, fair play at setting all this up. As a person being interested in this field it is extremely helpful that such courses exist and also the fact that you can do them online, I have found not many others like this one and I have already started managing the invasive Myrtle in our woodland. If I met a person that would be suited to this course I would definitely advise them to take it."

"I would definitely recommend this course to others. The material was very accessible and well structured and all of the additional resources suggested made it a very detailed overview of the subject." AH

Time commitment: The 10 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 an awareness of reasons for habitat management, understand the need for management, the need for a management plan, the importance of site surveying and data collection prior to management, the issues encountered in woodlands, an understanding of management of woodlands for a range of species including plants, birds, dormice, bats and invertebrates, why monitoring is important as well as a grounding on writing a management plan. You will gain a wider knowledge of the subject that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors.

Price: The course costs only £137 (+ VAT).

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 you will receive instructions on how to set up the emails and you will be able to start the course straight away.

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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.’