Overview

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

 

Badger Ecology and Surveying

Badgers are frequently encountered on development sites so it is important that ecologists know how to survey for them, how to recognise their field signs and have a good understanding of their ecology.

Course Description:

This introductory level course will be part classroom and part field based and is taught by an experienced Principal Ecologist from Ecology Training UK via videos.

Course content:

  • Rural and urban badger ecology
  • Identification of field signs
  • Surveying for badgers
  • Legislation

During the course your tutor will take you out to visit a badger sett to help you identify field signs.

Location:

Online – videos

Course Format:

This course is delivered on videos presented by Principal Ecologist, Sue Searle, BSc, PGDip, MCIEEM. It is the same content as our one-day Badger Ecology and Surveying course.

Video 1 covers badger ecology, field signs, sett types, survey techniques, data collection and legislation with a brief overview of Bovine TB and badgers. Playing time 1hr 18 mins.

Video 2 – Sue takes you out into the field and shows you badger signs and setts. She also shows you how to put out a trail cam and there is some footage of badgers from the trail cam taken at the sett. Playing time 18 mins.

You can book NOW and receive the material straight away!

You will complete a quiz at the end of the course to receive your Certificate.

What students say about the course:

“Enjoyed it all and can now relate so much more to the badgers that live in our wood. Will be going out to practise reading the signs asap.” MK

“Thank you so much for putting this course online. Really enjoyed it and I am now constantly looking for signs and clues on my daily country walks! ” ES

““Straightforward, engaging and informative. Provides a great insight into badgers and how to survey them for beginners. Highly recommend this for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in badger research. It has been really fascinating.” D M-W

“Really enjoyed the badger survey course, i feel I have the confidence to carry a survey where as before i didn’t evan know where to look for badger. I think the course is good for anyone with a interest and the course material was brilliant thank you.” HD

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/Badger-Ecology-and-Surveying-Online-Course-p53469200.

 

Beaver Ecology and Surveying

Beavers are living in various parts of the UK now and they are transforming rivers. This biodiversity champion is on its way to becoming widely accepted as a British wildlife species. Now is the time to find out more about them as beaver experts will be needed across the country. They have already gained protected species status in Scotland and it is only a matter of time before they are protected in England and Wales.

This is our one-day beaver course delivered online.

There are two videos in this course.

At the end of the course please complete the end of course quiz and send it back to ecologytraininguk@gmail.com. If you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

Video 1 – Beaver Ecology and Survey Techniques – in this video we will cover beaver ecology, history, introductions, beavers in Europe and field signs with your tutor Sue Searle BSc, PGDip, MCIEEM, Principal Ecologist. Playing Time: 1hr 25 mins.

Video 2 – Beaver Field Signs – this is where your tutor goes out searching for beaver signs along the River Otter in Devon and at the Cornwall Beaver Project. Playing time 12 mins.

Price: This course is £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/Beaver-Ecology-and-Surveying-online-course-p242635492.

 

Dormouse Ecology and Surveying

This introductory course will greatly enhance your understanding of dormouse ecology and conservation and will provide you with a useful first step towards gaining your dormouse handling licence. Once you have completed the course, your trainer will be able to sign the appropriate sections of your Dormouse Training Log.

During the course we will cover:

  • Dormouse ID, ecology and conservation
  • Survey techniques
  • Nut and nest ID
  • Principles of handling, aging, sexing and weighing dormice
  • How to carry out a dormouse nest box check
  • How to set up a dormouse nest tube survey

What you will learn from our experienced tutor will give you the knowledge to be able to work towards your licence, manage habitats appropriately or just learn more about these endearing creatures.

This a comprehensive course with a lot of content. Allow time to stop the videos frequently to make notes and do further reading as directed.

Allow 4-5 hours to complete this course.

Course format

There are two videos:

Dormouse Ecology and Surveying – Playing time 2 hrs 5 mins.

Surveying for Dormice Playing time 1hr

There is also a handout of the talk and a quiz. At the end of the course please complete the end of course quiz and send it back to ecologytraininguk@gmail.com. If you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

Price: This course is £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/Dormouse-Ecology-and-Surveying-online-course-p140605577.

 

Mammal ID

Learn how to identify UK mammals

This online short course is designed to take you through how to identify UK mammals (excluding bats). It covers physical appearance and ID features, feeding signs, footprints, burrows and droppings. Thirty-six mammals are covered including all the common and rare species from deer and wild boar to the small mammals.

Guidance on further reading is given.

The course comprises of 3 modules which are viewed online. You will be sent the links to all three modules and the quiz in a single e-mail. This will be sent to you when you book onto the course so you can start at any time.

“I’ve just completed the Mammal ID distant learning course and found it very informative, so ‘thank you’ for putting this course together.”

“Thank you for the mammal ID course. Although the mammals in the flesh weren’t too much trouble the droppings and foot prints were a very enjoyable challenge, having spent a lot of time in the recent snow identifying various prints.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt I learned a lot.”

Other Details:

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People who want to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.
  • People interested in a career in ecology.
  • People who have a general interest in mammals.
  • People who may need to identify UK mammals during surveys

Course format: The course is in the form of slides containing text, illustrations and photographs. At the end there will be a short photographic quiz where you can test your new skills. You will send your answers via email to be marked. On completion you will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Time commitment: This 3 module short course is expected to take around 4-5 hours to complete. There is no specific time limit for completing the course, but you will not receive a certificate until you have submitted your quiz answers.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will be able to identify 36 species of UK mammals including their physical appearance, their tracks, feeding signs and burrows (where appropriate).

Core texts:

  • FSC Guide – Key to British Land Mammals
  • Collins Field Guide to Mammals of Britain and Europeby McDonald
  • Animal Tracks and Signs (Pocket Nature Guide) by Bang and Dahlstrom

Price: The course costs £57 (plus VAT) or only £51 (plus VAT) if you book and pay online using the code 8ZV1BNQH21AS. This does not include the price of the core texts.

How to book:You can book on-line on https://ecologytraining.co.uk/store/Mammal-ID-Self-Study-Course-p54065368.

 

Otter Ecology and Surveying

Otters may be encountered on development sites that affect or are near to water courses and they may also be present on sites designated for nature conservation. Therefore it is important that ecologists and conservationists know how to survey for them, how to recognise their field signs and have a good understanding of their ecology.

This course is an introductory level self-study course that combines a ‘classroom’ session with your tutor to learn about ecology, identification, field signs and legislation then you will experience going out on a survey with the tutor on a video. The course is taught by an experienced ecologist from Ecology Training UK Ltd and is based on our Otter Ecology and Surveying field course.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Otter biology and ecology
  • Identifying otters and their field signs
  • Legal status of otters
  • Otter conservation

“Intriguing, I had no questions unanswered and Sue was inspirational.”

“Even though I was not in the field with Sue I feel I can now do a survey for otters.”

“Thank you so much for putting this course online. Really enjoyed it and I am now constantly looking for signs and clues on my daily country walks! 

“I really enjoyed this one, I’ve been assisting on a few otter surveys recently but unfortunately haven’t come across any signs yet, so this course has been really helpful for knowing what to look out for!”

What you get:

The course comprises 2 videos – one in the classroom and one out in the field, there is also a quiz and handouts for the classroom part.

Timings:

Study in your own time.

Price: The course costs £80 (plus 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/Otter-Ecology-and-Surveying-Self-study-p192732132.

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.