This course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in reptiles and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. You will learn how to identify our native reptiles, and become familiar with their ecology.

There are six native species of reptiles in the UK that you will learn about during this course.Being able to identify species and make site adjustments for reptiles is a critical skill for anyone looking at working within a consultancy career.

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


This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.

Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
The course will end at 5:00pm

10:00am Introductions
10:30am Classroom session covering: Introduction to reptile taxonomy, anatomy and main ID features
11:30am Break and prepare for field session – refreshments not provided 
11:45am Field Session
1:00pm Lunch – Not included
2:00pm Classroom session covering: British reptile ID and ecology
3:00pm Break and prepare for field session – refreshments not provided
3:15pm Field Session to apply classroom knowledge
4:30pm Classroom plenary and final questions
5:00pm Finish

Please note accommodation, refreshments and an evening meal are not included.

What's Included

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression

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

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.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

    • Notebook and pencil
    • Camera to capture images
    • Lunch and refreshments
    • Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors

You may wish to purchase the FSC Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians to enhance your experience

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

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