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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 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 which you can work through in your own time, with additional reading to consolidate your 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 available from when you book and 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.

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.”

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.


Email: [email protected] or call Sue on 07818 073 660.