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ETUK is one of the leading ecology training providers in the UK and strives to provide a range of field and online courses suitable for conservation and ecology consultancy. We provide a range of online courses including Habitat Management, Habitat Restoration, Managing Woodlands for Biodiversity, Reptile and Amphibian ID, Mammal ID, Invasive Species, Surveying for Protected Species, Phase 1 habitat mapping, and various bat courses. Most courses are UK-biased.  

The company is run by Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM who is a principal ecologist and senior tutor with over 20 years experience in the ecology sector. We are passionate about wildlife, wild places and encouraging people to progress their careers! 

Get 10% off all online courses by Ecology Training UK Ltd (ETUK)
if you book and pay online using this code: 8ZV1BNQH21AS

 

Habitat Management

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”

Other Details:

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 £107 (plus VAT) or only £96 (plus VAT) if you book and pay online using the code 8ZV1BNQH21AS

How to book:You can book on-line at https://ecologytraining.co.uk/store/Habitat-Management-Self-Study-Course-p54065366.

 

Habitat Restoration

This self-study course has been designed to provide you with as much knowledge as possible about the various habitat creation and restoration objectives and techniques, starting with a background to habitat types and the benefits of habitat creation and restoration to protected species. This course is an ideal follow-on from the Habitat Management self-study course. This course is suitable for ecological consultants and also those wishing to increase their knowledge on widely used techniques to maintain and improve habitat and species diversity.

The course comprises 6 modules, each covering different aspects of the topic. There is also a set of quiz questions at the end.
  • Module 1 – Why Create and Restore Habitats
  • Module 2 – Habitats and Features for Protected Species
  • Module 3 – Planning for Habitat Creation and Restoration
  • Module 4 – Methods for Habitat Creation and Restoration
  • Module 5 – Habitat Creation Project: Grassland and Living Roofs
  • Module 6 – Management and Monitoring

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 and further study questions. 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.

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 gained a wider knowledge on the subject of habitat restoration that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors. You will gain an understanding of:

  • reasons for creating and restoring habitats;
  • how habitats and features can be created/restored to benefit a range of protected species;
  • how to plan for a habitat creation/restoration project;
  • a range of habitat creation and restoration techniques, specifically looking at grassland and living roofs in Module 5; and
  • management and monitoring procedures.

Core text: There is a vast range of good texts on this topic. A few include:

  • Gilbert G L, Anderson P (1998). Habitat Creation and Repair. Oxford University Press.
  • Baines C, Smart J (1991). A Guide to Habitat Creation. The London Ecology Unit.
  • Parker, D.M. (1995). Habitat Creation – A Critical Guide. English Nature.
  • Walker K J et al (2003) The Restoration and Recreation of Species-Rich Lowland Grassland on Land Formerly Managed for Intensive Agriculture in the UK. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Price: The course costs £107 (plus VAT) or only £96 (plus VAT) if you book and pay online using the code 8ZV1BNQH21AS. This price does not include the suggested texts.

How to book:You can book on-line on https://ecologytraining.co.uk/store/Habitat-Restoration-Self-Study-Course-p76196060.

 

Woodland Management for Biodiversity

This self-study course has been designed to give you foundation knowledge of woodland habitat management in the UK, so if you are considering working in the conservation/reserve management within woodlands 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 10 modules sent to you weekly with additional reading to consolidate y our learning.

The 10 weekly modules are:

  • Module 1 – Why manage woodlands?
  • Module 2 – Woodland Management Techniques
  • Module 3 – Problems of Woodland Management
  • Module 4 – Woodland Management for Birds
  • Module 5 – Woodland Management for Dormice
  • Module 6 – Woodland Management for Bats
  • Module 7 – Woodland Management for Invertebrates
  • Module 8 – Woodland Management for Plant Diversity
  • Module 9 – Woodland Management Plans
  • Module 10 – Monitoring Woodland Management and Conclusions

Other Details:

Course format: These 10 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. 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.

What our students say:

“The course is brilliant and really interesting, thank you for putting it together.”

“Thank you very much for creating the woodland course, I found it very interesting and informative. It will be very useful going forward in my career in conservation.”

“I found this course very useful and full of practical information, fair play at setting all this up. As a person being interested in this field it is extremely helpful that such courses exist and also the fact that you can do them online, I have found not many others like this one and I have already started managing the invasive Myrtle in our woodland. If I met a person that would be suited to this course I would definitely advise them to take it.”

Time commitment: The 10 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 management, the need for a management plan, the importance of site surveying and data collection prior to management, the issues encountered in woodlands, an understanding of management of woodlands for a range of species including plants, birds, dormice, bats and invertebrates, why monitoring is important as well as a grounding on writing a management plan. You will gain a wider knowledge of the subject that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors.

Price: The course costs £137 (+ VAT) or only £123 (plus VAT) if you book and pay online using the code 8ZV1BNQH21AS.

How to book:You can book on-line on https://ecologytraining.co.uk/store/Woodland-Management-for-Biodiversity-self-study-p191105427.

 

Phase 1 Habitat Survey

During the course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of why, how and when Phase 1 habitat surveys are used in this Video of a classroom theory session.
  • Watch a video of our tutor in the field showing you how to identify and record habitats.
  • Watch a video of our tutor preparing a Phase 1 habitat map in the field and later in the office.

The Phase 1 handbook is essential if you want to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and we recommend that you download from the JNCC website prior to attending the course. You will only need Part 2 – Field Manual part (from page 35 onwards).

There is an end of course Quiz which you need to pass to get your Certificate. You can also submit a practice Phase 1 map for critique.

This is what some of our students have said about this course:

“Despite being taught remotely I still felt like I understood the method from the ‘classroom’ session and the videos of outdoors showing different habitats and how to actually draw the map were covered very well which gave me the confidence to have a go myself. The tutor is also good at replying to any questions.“…it was very clear and helpful, especially the examples and live scenarios. I really enjoyed the course…”

“Challenging and interesting. Not as daunting as expected.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have to thank you for making it so accessible during the current situation we all find ourselves in. My note book is full, my colouring pencils are worn and my boots are covered with mud after a successful Phase 1 Habitat test run.”

“I am really glad that I did the course as it has made me feel more confident in the creation and application of Phase 1 habitat surveys. I am excited to get out and practice what I have learnt today.

Other Details:

Where:

Links to the videos will be provided when you book.

Timings:

Start anytime – videos are about 2.5hrs altogether.

What to bring:

You will need to have a copy of the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Handbook handy (Part 2 – Field Manual – from page 35 onwards) and some coloured pencils (ideally Berol Verithin – 24 crayon set but any coloured pencils will do).

Price: The course costs £80 (+ VAT) or only £72 (plus VAT) if you book and pay online using the code 8ZV1BNQH21AS.

How to book:You can book on-line on https://ecologytraining.co.uk/store/Phase-1-Habitat-Survey-Self-study-course-p184937781.

 

How to book

Get 10% off all online courses by Ecology Training UK Ltd (ETUK)
if you book and pay online using this code: 8ZV1BNQH21AS

You can book on-line on https://ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/online/ 

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 straight away. 

Need an invoice?

If you are a company and require an invoice do NOT book here but email us instead: ecologytraininguk@gmail.com. You will need to give us your company details and purchase order (if you have one) and we will raise an invoice. Joining instructions will be sent separately.

Questions?

Email ecologytraininguk@gmail.com or call Sue on 07818073660.

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