6 hours
3 modules
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This online short course is designed to take you through how to identify UK mammals (excluding bats). It covers physical appearance and ID features, feeding signs, footprints, burrows and droppings. Thirty-six mammals are covered including all the common and rare species from deer and wild boar to the small mammals.

Guidance on further reading is given.

The course comprises of 3 modules which are viewed online will be available as soon as you book.


“I’ve just completed the Mammal ID distant learning course and found it very informative, so ‘thank you’ for putting this course together.”

“Thank you for the mammal ID course. Although the mammals in the flesh weren’t too much trouble the droppings and foot prints were a very enjoyable challenge, having spent a lot of time in the recent snow identifying various prints.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt I learned a lot.”


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 mammals.
  • People who may need to identify UK mammals during surveys

Course format: The course is in the form of slides containing text, illustrations and photographs. At the end there will be a short quiz and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

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.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will be able to identify 36 species of UK mammals including their physical appearance, their tracks, feeding signs and burrows (where appropriate).

Core texts:

  • FSC Guide – Key to British Land Mammals
  • Collins Field Guide to Mammals of Britain and Europe by McDonald
  • Animal Tracks and Signs (Pocket Nature Guide) by Bang and Dahlstrom


How to book: You can book on-line here. 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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  1. Create a student account using the student’s (whoever will be taking the course) details and contact information or use their existing student account.
  2. Including the correct billing address and information for the payment method that was used.
  3. Leave us a note in the ‘additional information’ box to let us know it was purchased with another person’s debit/credit card.
  4. Make sure to pass on the Username and Password to the student so they can get started on learning. All their course materials will be available on their account.


Booking for multiple people?

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  1. Create a student account under your own details and add the correct number of courses for all the students you are purchasing for. (Example: If three people need to take Mammal ID, add it to basket three times).
  2. Ask each student (person who you have purchased the course for) to create their own student account on our website with their own details.
  3. Once purchased, contact us directly to let us know the Names, student account Usernames and Email Addresses for each student you have bought for.
  4. We will contact each of them directly with directions on how to purchase the course free of charge once it has been paid for already.

If you have any problems with this process, please get in touch – [email protected] or 03301653024