This course covers identification and ecology of all (native and introduced) reptile and amphibian species, as well as survey techniques.

The course starts Friday evening with an introductory talk and survey on campus. We will also visit local amphibian and reptile sites over the weekend to practice identification and surveying, and to discuss habitat requirements. The programme has to be weather dependent and reptile sightings cannot be guaranteed. We will be visiting ponds at night to count amphibians, so a good torch is essential.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, (Shrewsbury Office). E-mail: [email protected]

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

An Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust course.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Tutor: Dr John Wilkinson

John is a conservation ecologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for over 25 years. He manages Regional, Science and Training Programmes for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) and has a particular fascination for toads!

Please note, the fee is for tuition, packed lunch and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation and an evening meal at FSC Preston Montford, please call 01743 852040.

Example Timetable

Course overview and evening field visit to Preston Montford ponds.

Classroom ID sessions and field visits to amphibian and reptile sites in north Shropshire.

Advanced ID and chances to practice your field skills. Monday: Course roundup, discussion and ID test.

Accrediting Agency

Manchester Metropolitan University

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Lunch

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Walking boots or wellies
  • Waterproofs (also available from the Centre)
  • A good torch and batteries
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Any field guide book
  • Notebook and pencils
  • Sandwich box and vacuum flask/drinks container
  • USB memory stick (to take away additional handouts)