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Reptiles and Amphibians

  • NON-RESIDENT: £275

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

This course aims to give you the skills to identify all the UK's amphibians and reptiles, including rare and alien species, but focussing on those most commonly encountered. You should also gain insights into effective field surveying for amphibians and reptiles through an understanding of their ecology and life histories. We will discuss key diagnostic features to enable species identification, as well as look at trickier ID characteristics and practice these through field surveys. Local amphibian and reptile site visits will be used to gain an understanding of the key needs of the UK's herpetofauna in our landscape.

John is a conservation ecologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for over 20 years. He manages Regional, Science and Training Programmes for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) and is involved in running the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS).


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration. Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

Further Information

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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