This introductory online course will introduce you to the key characteristics of reptiles, and will then look more in-depth into the identification and ecology of UK species.

Reptiles are secretive animals that can be incredibly hard to spot. Learn more about the several species of reptiles the UK is home to, that you may be lucky to find. Being able to identify species and make site adjustments for reptiles is a critical skill for anyone looking at working within a consultancy career.

This introductory course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in herpetofauna and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. All content has been created by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, so you can be confident that you are getting information from leading experts working within this field. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify common UK species as well as non-native, explain their basic ecology and also have a basic understanding of key mitigations needed when working in an area of interest for reptiles.

This is a 3-week online course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online study content, activities, assignments and live Zoom sessions. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion. Understand how our online courses are delivered

 

Tutor: Dr Rob Ward

Dr Rob Ward is a conservation biologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for 15 years and completed his PhD on the ecology and conservation of grass snakes. He is currently the Data and GIS Officer for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) where his work includes developing reptile and amphibian monitoring programmes and managing the organisation’s data and mapping.  

Example Timetable

Accrediting Agency

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC)

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