Certificate Library

Useful Links

On this page you will find links to extra reading material, links to useful publications and websites and assignment details and the marking structure.

Extra Reading

Everything that has links can be freely downloaded. Many of these resources will be / have been discussed during core week.


Conservation handbook

PTES videos for dormouse surveys (and other training info)

PTES dormouse training log book

Reptiles and amphibians

Great crested newt conservation handbook

Reptile and amphibian habitat management handbooks

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation


GOV.UK archived info about GCNs including mitigation guidelines (note – quite old now so just for interest – 2001 legislation OUT OF DATE!!)


BCT Good Survey Guidelines (non-printable edition)

BCT Professional Training Standards

The BCT website (www.bats.org.uk) is a great resource for info. There are documents there about roosts and factsheets about each species. Go explore!

Bat Workers’ Manual (NB – hasn’t been updated for a while but still useful – legislation OUT OF DATE!!). This can be downloaded in a number of parts. Useful glossary at the end for building terms etc when describing roosts.

Phase 1

Here is the link to the Phase 1 Handbook – if printing out you really only need the Appendices – print in colour where they are in colour though!


Go the to Mammal Society for a range of mammal factsheets.


A great source of ecological information. The Technical Guidance Series is very useful. There’s something for just about every species you will encounter (Competence for Species Surveys). There are also guidelines for report writing and Phase 1 surveys. You can sift through them from this link: http://www.cieem.net/technical-guidance-series-tgs-

To join CIEEM you will need to work out which is the right sort of membership for you. There is loads of information about this. You will need to decide which skills from their competency list are the best ones for you to submit, and then follow the instructions on how to apply. It’s quite a mammoth process, but worth it, professionally. http://www.cieem.net/members

Other reading

There are a plethora of books out there! Different books will suit different people. For an introductory level of reading (but still packed with information) we recommend the Whittet book series e.g Dormice, Badgers, Otters, Bats. They are easy to read and contain all the basic biology and ecology for the species you need to know about.

Plant books. Again, different keys/guides suit different people. It’s often useful to have more than one guide, as they often describe plants quite differently e.g. Fitter – Wild Flower Guide (Collins).

Your local library will probably have a good stash of natural history books so you can try them out and see what suits you best.

And, of course, you should check the Ecology Training UK’s Blogs on our website! (www.ecologytraining.co.uk/blog).

If you find a useful resource, why not share it with the rest of the group via the Facebook page. Alternatively, send it to us (ecologytraininguk@gmail.com) and we can email it around to the class and add it here.

Happy reading!

Keep in touch with your fellow students over the summer by connecting with Ecology Training UK on social media – ask to join the Certificate group on Facebook.

Assignment information

Assignment 1 – Deadline is 13th May 2019

Assignment 2 – Deadline is 5th August 2019

Assignment 3 – Deadline is 23rd September 2019

Marking criteria for assignments