Our natural history courses are suitable as Professional Biodiversity Training for consultant ecologists, land managers and conservationists to improve skills and increase knowledge.
Certificates of attendance for CPD are available for individuals and organisations. Courses are also suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to work towards a career in the ecology and conservation sector.
Professional Development For Ecologists and Conservationists
Having a large network of expert tutors means we have an extensive range of courses that cater to a range of career levels, providing wildlife identification and surveying courses in many subjects.
For professionals looking for CPD ecology training courses to gain skills for conservation careers, our courses include (but are not restricted to):
- Reptiles and Amphibians Including ecology, surveying, mitigation techniques, legislation and how to work towards obtaining a Great Crested Newt licence.
- Birds Covering identification skills through birdsong and bird survey techniques.
- Botany and Ecology Specifically for field surveyors including aquatic plant identification and indicator species for NVC and Phase 1 surveys.
- QGIS from the very basics to mapping biological records, managing spatial data and producing professional habitat maps for reports.
- Habitats and Conservation Focusing on habitat ecology, habitat management, conservation and site assessment/survey techniques, including NVC and Phase 1 surveys.
- Mammals A range of protected species training courses, including bat identification and ecology, bat survey techniques, and dormice ecology, conservation and survey training courses, to work towards a dormouse licence.
Please view our course listings to see all of the taxa we cover in our natural history courses.
Group Discounts and Bespoke Biodiversity Training
Throughout each season we offer a range of natural history courses enabling your staff to strengthen their skills within the conservation and environmental sector. Our ecological training courses take staff from the beginnings of botanical and conservation understanding to working towards obtaining a licence.
- Book 10 or more places and receive a 10% discount per person.
- Commission a bespoke course tailored to your organisational needs, developed from our core programme. This will be delivered at a time and place to suit you (subject to tutor and venue availability).
Biodiversity Awareness Training
We deliver conservation and environmental training for organisations within the built environment, broadening the competencies of your workforce with UK wildlife awareness training, building ecological ID skills to an advanced level, to further career opportunities.
Covering habitat classification and species ID, to land management and consultancy, working towards the aim of biodiversity net gain; equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to protect and enhance biodiversity.
MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring
We run a Masters in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring in association with MMU and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), developed to build skills for conservation careers.
This is a part-time, largely field-based course that focuses on developing your identification and surveying skills. Most teaching is done over a series of weekends at our centres around the UK to allow students to work and study at the same time. This highly practical course also offers a large range of optional modules allowing you to specialise depending on your interests, plus opportunities to develop industry contacts. More information can be found here
Please note: Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation. The courses offered under this accreditation can be still attended if you’re not on the Master’s programme.
First Steps to a Green Career
This series of webinars has been developed for specifically job searchers, including current students, recent graduates and people working in another sector thinking about transitioning to environmental jobs and careers.
Sign up and be introduced to opportunities within the environmental sector, learn how to find and apply for jobs and how you can utilise a range of transferable skills.
This series of online workshops have been created by Field Studies Council staff from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Please note, absolutely everyone is welcome on these courses so you don’t have to be working or working towards a career in ecology or conservation to come along to any of our courses. We welcome anyone that has an interest in the natural world.