18 hours
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This is an introductory level course into commonly occurring invasive species found in the UK as well as some global examples. This course will provide useful information on early recognition and control of invasive species. Topics include:

  • What is an invasive species? (terrestrial and aquatic, plants and animals)
  • How species invade, naturally, accidentally and deliberately
  • Environmental impacts
  • Legislation
  • Identifying invasive plants such as: Japanese knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, Parrot’s feather
  • Treatment

Course format: These 9 self-study modules 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  and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

Time commitment: We advise students to allow 2-4 hours per week to complete each module and to read around the subject.

Learning outcomes: You will gain a wider knowledge on the subject that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors.

Courses modules:

Module 1

What is an invasive species?

Module 2

Impacts of invasive species

Module 3

International treaties, strategies and the law

Module 4

Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron

Module 5

Japanese Knotweed

Module 6

Plants – the others

Module 7

Top 10 invasive species globally

Module 8

Animals – UK – Mink, Grey squirrel

Module 9

Animals – the others (UK)

Module 10

Invasive Species END OF COURSE QUIZ

Here’s what our students are saying:

Very interesting and valuable information
I found this course very interesting. Had no idea invasive species is such a problem!
The depth of the information was really interesting and I learned a lot of new information.
This course was really interesting thank you!
The Invasive Species course has provided me with a lot of valuable information regarding species that could present issues in the planning applications I am about to review in my new role. I am about to start work as an Ecologist, which the ETUK Certificate in Ecological Consultancy helped me achieve, this course has been useful for me to understand what issues could present on land identified for development, and how to mitigate and prevent the spread of these species, and instead promote native species on developments to increase biodiversity.
The course was enjoyable and informative. I found it particularly helpful in how flexible the study time was. You could do one module and then leave it a day or two when you had more time. It has also helped my career prospects.


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The final exam is designed to test whether you have learned the appropriate knowledge and skills during this course. If you take the final exam and do not pass, we encourage you to review the course material and ensure you have read, understood and remembered the lessons. We want you to get the most out of this course and provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply what you learn to your job or career. You may retake the final test once you have revisited the course material.

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