This self-led course is designed to give learners an overview of the fundamentals that underpin the biodiversity metric and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG.) On completion, learners will understand key metric terminology and have an awareness of the integral elements to performing BNG calculations including UKHab surveys and condition assessments for which a woodland habitat context will be used.

What will be covered during this course?

This is a 3-hour self-led online course covering 3 topics. Each topic will contain a number of self-led resources to work through at your own pace. The topics covered include:

  • An introduction to biodiversity and terminology;  
  • The Metric process and Condition Assessments; 
  • An overview of Biodiversity Net Gain. 

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Whether you’re new to Biodiversity Net Gain or have little experience with the metric and condition assessments, this course is tailored to meet your needs. Our goal is to equip you with a basic working knowledge and foster a clear understanding of BNG principles within the specific context of woodland habitats.

By the end of the course, you will: 

  • Define ‘biodiversity’ and its significance.
  • Explain the purpose of the biodiversity metric and its associated processes, including UKHab in habitat surveying.
  • Understand how the biodiversity metric is applied to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and the statutory implementation of BNG.

Who Should Attend? – Anyone with little to no knowledge of Biodiversity Net Gain who would like to improve their awareness.

Knowledge Level – Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors 

Prior Knowledge – No existing knowledge or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to learn.

Please note – bookings will close 2 working days before the course start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.*

*Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached

Understand how our online courses are delivered 

Example Timetable

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 3 hours of your time.  You will have access to the course materials for 2 weeks.

What's Included

The course has been carefully created to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge as the course progresses, with content crafted for the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the Field Studies Council.

The course includes:

  • 3 hours of self-led learning material
  • A course completion certificate.

Once the course commences, you will gain access to self-study ’workbooks’ to begin your learning journey. Quizzes and skill checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work.

Recommended Devices

It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.


The course fee includes VAT.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.

Natural History Bursaries

There are a number of natural history bursaries available to help with the cost of your course. To find out if you and your chosen course are eligible, read more here.

Before You Attend

Accessing Your Course

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 24 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Moodle can be accessed through a browser or an app.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 03, June 2024 - Fri 28, June 2024

    Self Led - No Tutor

View our 'Biodiversity Net Gain for Reviewers' course where you will explore how to interpret the Metric in further detail, with interactive live webinars and case studies for you to work through.

Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered in a self-led e-learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

If you have any questions about our online courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].

Group Bookings Made Easy

If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses. Find out more!

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.