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Many of us have one of our first experiences in meeting wildlife with frogs, tadpoles, grass snakes or slow worms.

Begin your journey into the world of amphibians and reptiles with this combined introductory course. This course will enable you to identify the key characteristics, life cycles and conservation status of these two critical species.

This is a 2-week online course covering 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content. More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Eco-Skills Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Increase your knowledge of herpetofauna through these topics:

    • Introduction to Amphibians
    • Introduction to Reptiles

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Explain Amphibian taxonomy, anatomy, and their main ID features.
    • Explain Reptile taxonomy, anatomy, and their main ID features.
    • Identify the key differences between amphibians and reptiles.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is an online training course from the FSC EcoSkills, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about herpetofauna with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the animal kingdom. FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

This course is run in association with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, a charity that is dedicated to studying and protecting these species in the UK.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Monday 7th June to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

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

About our partner, ARC

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) was established in June 2009. ARC was created around the core of the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT), in response to the wider needs of herpetofauna conservation, providing the UK focus for all aspects of reptile and amphibian conservation. ARC continues to focus on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, creating an extensive network of nature reserves, coordinating monitoring programmes and volunteer networks and developing an effective role in advocacy both within the UK and Europe.

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!

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

    • Wednesday 16th June 2021 at 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
    • Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Week 1: Introduction to Amphibians
Self-study material available: 09/06/21
Week 1 live webinar: 16/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Introduction to Reptiles
Self-study material available: 16/06/2021
Week 2 live webinar: 23/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 07/07/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

Accrediting Agency

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC)

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. 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. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

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

Bursaries and Subsidies

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

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close on Monday 7th June at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

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