If you have any queries about our short courses,

please refer to our list of Frequently Asked Questions…

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If you still have any unanswered questions after reading these, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  1. Who are your courses aimed at?
  2. Why is the training beneficial?
  3. What can we expect when we attend a course?
  4. Will I be given a certificate?
  5. What experience does the tutor have?
  6. Can we book you to provide in-house training?
  7. Are group discounts available?
  8. How many other people will be attending each course?
  9. What will I need to bring on the course?
  10. Where are the courses held?
  11. What are the transport arrangements for the courses?
  12. Is accommodation available?
  13. What happens if I need to cancel my booking?
  14. Do you offer discounts for students, volunteers and unemployed?
  15. Are the course prices inclusive of VAT?
  16. Can you provide a VAT receipt?
  17. I am booking on behalf of a company, can I have an invoice?
  18. What happens if the course is full?

If you have questions about our Certificate in Ecological Consultancy course, please click here.

Answer: 1Who are your courses aimed at?

Acorn Ecology Field Training CoursesOur short courses are aimed at anybody who feels that they lack the necessary field skills to succeed in an ecological job or would just like to increase their knowledge about wildlife in general. Our advanced courses are specifically aimed at practising ecologists who want to build on their existing skill levels. People of all ages come on our courses with a variety of academic and practical knowledge, ranging from university students to people already working within the environmental/ecological fields, and people embarking on a career change

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Answer: 2Why is the training beneficial?

Acorn Ecology recognises that whilst university courses provide knowledge, they often fail to equip you with the necessary field skills for an ecological/conservation job. Our solution is to provide affordable professional development courses that are led by practising ecologists. The courses also provide an opportunity to meet other people working within similar or related industries. In particular, our Certificate in Ecological Consultancy Course offers a more complete training for those wanting to embark on a career in ecological consultancy.

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Answer: 3. What can we expect when we attend a course?

Testimonials from our students at Acorn Ecology TrainingEach course provides training from an experienced practicing ecologist, and usually there is the opportunity to learn in the classroom as well as with a field-based, hands-on approach. Advanced courses tend to be classroom only. We aim to make the day relaxed and enjoyable, as well as informative and challenging. Students will receive a course information pack covering many of the issues discussed on the course, as well as additional information.

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Answer: 4. Will I be given a certificate?

Each student will be given a certificate of attendance when they have completed the course. For our on-line courses, a quiz (short answer or multiple choice) needs to be completed and passed with a score of >70% before the certificate can be issued.

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Answer: 5. What experience does the tutor have?

Our courses are mainly taught by Sue Searle BSc, PG Dip (Ecology), MCIEEM who is the Managing Director and a Principal Ecologist at Acorn Ecology, or one of our other Senior or Principal Ecologists. For more information about the training team, please go to the About Us section of our website. All of our tutors are practising ecologists with on-the-job knowledge of what they are teaching. Previous students have given very positive feedback:

“I’m positive that the experience gained has helped me gain employment in the ecology sector”
“I cannot over-emphasize the value of the practical hands-on nature of the course compared with others I have been on – it transfers so much more information in a memorable way – puts markers on the information so that it is easily retrievable – compared with just being lectured at!”

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Answer: 6. Can we book you to provide in-house training?

Academic Study of EcologyWe can provide training to corporations or groups of enthusiastic individuals throughout the South West or further a field. We can also tailor training for certain aspects of ecological studies or surveying, and are constantly looking to add to the list of courses offered. You can also call us to discuss the possibilities of group discounts too.​

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Answer: 7. Are group discounts available?

You can call us to discuss the possibilities of group discounts.​

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Answer: 8. How many other people will be attending each course?

For our short courses group sizes tend to be around 12-15, although they can be slightly bigger or smaller, depending on demand. If numbers are below 5, we unfortunately may have to cancel the course and will let you know at least a week in advance. If we have to cancel, a full refund will be given.

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Answer: 9. What will I need to bring on the course?

A ‘what to bring’ list will be sent out to you before the courses commence. Specialised equipment for the surveys is provided, but you will need to bring appropriate outdoor clothing/footwear and a packed lunch (unless otherwise stated on the course information).

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Answer: 10. Where are the courses held?

Most of our courses are based in the Exeter area and include visits to stunning local wildlife sites. The majority of our courses are based in our Training Room at The Granary, Westpoint, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ where there is ample parking on site. Get directions >

  • We also hold some of our courses in other areas of the country, particularly if the course is about a species/habitat that is not frequently found in Devon. Other locations used include:
    near Guildford, Surrey; near Winchester, Hampshire; Bristol area; and near Studland, Dorset.

The location of your course will be specified on the course details, and you will receive detailed information, directions and accommodation options when you receive your course information.

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Answer: 11. What are the transport arrangements for the courses?

Students are expected to make their own way to the initial course venue and we will provide directions and transport information when you book. During the course, we endeavour to keep travel to a minimum and ask students to share lifts to and from field visits.

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Answer: 12. Is accommodation available?

Accommodation is not provided as part of the course fee. However, to make it easier for you to find somewhere local, we have collated a list of accommodation that is within a relatively short distance of each course venue and you will be sent this when you book on to the course.

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Answer: 13. What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Unfortunately we cannot give a full refund due to the admin involved in the booking process. However the following refunds are available for short courses:

  • 60% refund if you cancel a month in advance
  • 30% refund if you cancel 2-4 weeks before
  • No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the course
  • If we have to cancel the course due to low numbers, a full refund will be given.

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Answer: 14. Do you offer discounts for students, volunteers and unemployed?Student ID Acorn Ecology Training
Yes, we offer 20% off our Introductory Courses to Full-time Students, Full-time Volunteers, and those who are currently unemployed. Please enter the code Acorn20 at checkout when you are booking an introductory course. You will be asked to provide evidence of your student, volunteer or unemployed status when you attend the course. Please note we do not accept this code on our Advanced Courses.

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Answer:15. Are the course prices inclusive of VAT?

Yes, all our course prices are inclusive of VAT. Our Company VAT Number is 892399270.

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Answer: 16. Can you provide a VAT receipt?

Yes we can provide you with a VAT receipt. Please contact us and we will send it to you.

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Answer:17. I am booking on behalf of a company, can I have an invoice?

We can raise a VAT invoice for you. Please complete the online booking form in full, including any purchase order numbers that your organisation requires, and we shall send you an invoice via email. Please note there is a £10 administration fee for this service.

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Answer: 18. What happens if the course is full?

If the course that you want to attend is full, please complete the form below to register your interest and we will notify you of the next available date. We are likely to put on another course date if the demand is high enough. If there is a cancellation we may also be able to offer you a place on the existing course.

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