Posted: 4 years ago

£107 per course

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This self-study course has been designed to give you foundation knowledge of habitat management in the UK, so if you are considering working in the conservation/reserve management sector this course will be an ideal starting point. The course is also suitable for those wanting to work as ecological consultants because consultants frequently produce management plans and give advice on enhancing sites for wildlife.

The course comprises of 6 modules, each covering different aspects of the topic:

  • Module 1 Why manage Habitats?
  • Module 2 Surveys and Monitoring
  • Module 3 Management Planning
  • Module 4 Habitat Management – Woodland
  • Module 5 Habitat Management – Grassland
  • Module 6 Habitat Management for Specific Species (Dormice, Barn Owls, Great Crested Newts)

“I found this course a great introduction to habitat management; the skills needed and the numerous organisations involved in conservation”

I really enjoyed this course. Good value for money. After studying Module 2 I had the confidence to volunteer for three different flora/fauna surveys which is good experience and an opportunity to contribute.”

“This course has given me a good grounding in the theory of practical habitat management. It has allowed me to build on what I already knew and has encouraged me to continue learning about the topic.”

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Course format: These 6 self-study modules will be sent out via e-mail on a weekly basis* from the time that you enrol (you can enrol at any time), so that you can read through the content in your own time. To further enhance your knowledge and learning experience there will be some directed reading at the end of each module, as well as some quiz questions so that you can test yourself. At the end there will be a short quiz which you will send to us to be marked and then you will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

* if you would rather have all the modules at once then please get in touch.

Time commitment: The 6 self-study modules are sent out on a weekly basis and you are also given an additional 2 weeks to complete the course (although extra time can be given if requested). We advise students to allow 2-4 hours per week to complete each module and to read around the subject.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will: Have an awareness of reasons for habitat management, understand the need for site surveying and data collection prior to management, background information on preparing a management plan, an understanding of management prescriptions for grasslands and woodlands; as well as for dormice, barn owls and great crested newts. You will gain a wider knowledge on the subject that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors.

Core text: The core text for the course is Sutherland, W. J. and Hill, D. A. (1995) Managing Habitats for Conservation, Cambridge University Press and we strongly recommend that you purchase this.

Price: The course costs only £107 (plus VAT).

How to book: You can book on-line on 

Alternatively, if you are a company, you can request an invoice by emailing

Once you have booked, we will e-mail you to confirm that your booking has been received and you will then be able to start the course.

International training:

This course is designed for people seeking to work in the UK. If you’re seeking work in another country, check out our Introduction to Ecology course.