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Acorn Ecology [View All Adverts]
Acorn Ecology runs field & classroom based courses that are led by practicing ecologists. Our introductory level courses aim to provide essential field skills for gaining an ecological job; our advanced courses are suitable for people already working in ecological consultancy.

ACS Distance Education [View All Adverts]
Well established Distance Learning college offering over 700 courses in agriculture, horticulture, crops, writing, permaculture, self sufficiency, aquaponics, aquaculture, tourism and more. 01384 442752

Adventure Lifesigns Ltd [View All Adverts]
We offer a full range of medical courses suitable for home, work and remote travel. Event medical coverage, risk training and equipment hire also available. We are an Ofqual approved centre based in Surrey, able to hold courses in our own venue or travel to you. 01483 810785

Ambios [View All Adverts]
We offer a range of nature conservation training in the UK and abroad, from inspiring taster days to longer term residential immersions - providing you with practical skills, knowledge and real experience. 01803732747

Animal Biology and Care Ltd. [View All Adverts]
AB&C is a distance learning organisation run by academics and professional educators with ecology, conservation and animal welfare backgrounds. All courses are prepared and assessed to UK national education standards and match the requirements of Ofqual, the UK education governing body. Accreditation is by the CPD Standards Office. 01953 600070

Animal Jobs Direct [View All Adverts]
Accredited and affordable Animal Care and Conservation Courses 0208 6269646

APIS Solutions [View All Adverts]
We are a Social Enterprise which provides: Safety Management and Audits, Safety Training, Event Safety, Risk Assessments, advice and guidance, and ISO compliance guidance. 07833087116

Arbschool [View All Adverts] is a Professional Quality training provider, specialising in short courses for the Rural & Green sector skills in sectors such as: • Agriculture: Tractor driving • Farming: Pesticides spraying • Machine operation: Telehandler ATV 4x4 quad bikes. • Forestry: Chainsaw use • Arboriculture: Tree Climbing works or Tree Felling • Horticulture: such as Conservation Biodiversification, • Rural skills: Game keeping • And more such as first aid & manual handling. holds LANTRA Awards & ABC Awards accreditation


Bat Conservation Trust [View All Adverts]
The Bat Conservation Trust runs a range of courses in bat biology, ecology, field skills and data interpretation for professionals, bat enthusiasts and interested volunteers. We also provide in-house training upon request. To find the right course for you, please visit our website or email us with any questions.

Bat Training Partnership / Ecology on Demand [View All Adverts]
Running since 2008 with over 220 successful participants. Leading course for bat licence training, complimentary courses and ongoing support from two of the most experienced trainers in the UK bat community: Dr Sandie Sowler / Richard Crompton. BLTC covers all of the outputs required by BCT/CIEEM competencies for species surveying. 07711 848 174

Bore Place [View All Adverts]
A rural retreat in Kent providing bespoke opportunities for people to learn, grow and reconnect with themselves and the environment. 01732 463255

Brighton Permaculture Trust [View All Adverts]
Brighton Permaculture Trust is a charity promoting greener lifestyles and sustainable development through design. It runs courses and events and applies permaculture principles to all its projects.

Brooksby Melton College [View All Adverts]
BMC is a leading provider or Further Education in the East Midlands, offering a wide selection of full-time programmes and short courses. BMC’s specialist land-based campus at Brooksby, with its industry-expert tutors and state-of-the-art facilities, is perfect for those who wish to gain the necessary skills for a career in the environmental industries. 01664 855 444 (for long courses) 01664 855 255 (for short courses)

Butser Ancient Farm [View All Adverts]
Learn traditional skills and techniques in an amazing location. Butser Ancient Farm specialised in experimental archaeology and teaching visitors about life in the past. Specialist courses in historic metalwork, flint knapping, herbal lore, textiles, woodcraft and more! 02392 598838


C-N-Do Scotland [View All Adverts]
National Navigation Award scheme, Hill & Moorland Leader, Lowland Leader, and Expedition Module courses available on various dates throughout year or arranged to order at a suitable location near you. Delivered in a quality, safe, fun and sensitive fashion. 01786 445 703

Carolyn Barton MMO Training [View All Adverts]
Joint Nature Conservation Committee approved Marine Mammal Observer Training for MMOs working in the offshore oil industry and wind farm construction etc. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management/ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Protected Species Observer Training for MMOs working in the US Gulf of Mexico. 01381 610261

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology [View All Adverts]
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. We offer national and international capacity building and training on a broad range of topics. Some of our activities are free to attend. 01491 692225

CIEEM [View All Adverts]
CIEEM offers a national programme of training courses, conferences and webinars as well as regional events organised by our Member Networks. 01962868626 www,

Cotswolds Rural Skills [View All Adverts]
A one stop shop for training courses and competitions in a wide range of rural skills and crafts throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dry Stone Walling, Blacksmithing, Hedgelaying & Coppicing, Willow Crafts & Flax Working, Horse Logging,Wool Weaving, Introduction to Scything, Chainsaw & Brushcutter Beginners. 01451 862032

Countryside Management Association [View All Adverts]
Formed in 1966 the CMA is the largest organisation supporting the work of conservation, access and recreation professionals in the natural greenspace and countryside sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As part of this our members organise short courses and study days to share expertise across the sector.


Derbyshire Eco Centre [View All Adverts]
Derbyshire Eco Centre offer  a wide variety of courses in countryside management, horticulture, heritage and country crafts, sustainable building and more, including one day, evening  and weekend workshops. We also have longer courses leading to qualifications that can help you get on in or into work. 01629 533038

Drumalban - Hill skills and navigation training [View All Adverts]
Drumalban offers hill skills and safety courses for professionals and volunteers undertaking remote outdoor work. 07506757989

Dunsmore Living Landscape [View All Adverts]
Dunsmore Living Landscape is led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and is working to connect an ancient wooded heartland, linked by a network of hedgerows and meadows. Get up close to nature, immerse yourself in the past and find your own connection to the landscape with our training courses and events. 07342999703


EarthCraftuk CIC [View All Adverts]
Forest School Training & Supporting CPD near Canterbury in Kent. EarthCraftuk offer Levels 3,2 & 1 Forest School Training plus supporting woodland practical skills CPD, Outdoor First Aid training, CIEH L2 Food Safety training tailored to Outdoor cooking & KCC Camp Fire Management Award.

exeGesIS SDM Ltd [View All Adverts]
exeGesIS Spatial Data Management is a well-respected environmental, ecological and heritage GIS consultancy.  We deliver a variety of training courses for environmental professionals, covering the three main GIS systems, MapInfo, QGIS & ArcGIS.  We have an excellent reputation for the delivery of well-structured and informative courses which use environmental data and are run by approachable and knowledgeable trainers. Discounts are available for charitable organisations. 01874 713066


Field Studies Council [View All Adverts]
An environmental education charity with over 70 years' experience. Provides field-based taxonomy, professional development and natural history courses at its network of UK Centres. Stunning locations and expert tuition. Over 300 day and residential courses available.


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust [View All Adverts]
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s courses are popular with enthusiasts and professionals alike. We work only with experienced tutors who inspire you to explore our native wildlife in more depth. Courses cover • Species ID • Habitat Management • Survey Skills • Protected Species Ecology. All proceeds from the courses help fund local wildlife conservation. 01452 383333


Hadlow College [View All Adverts]
Hadlow College is a specialist provider of further & higher education for the agricultural & rural sector. Set in the heart of the Kent countryside near Tonbridge, it offers a huge range of courses, from Entry Level to Honours Degrees & Apprenticeship routes. Graded ‘Outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection, Hadlow prides itself on educational excellence linked to sustainable business practices.
01732 853164

Heritage Craft Courses & Outdoor Activity Centre [View All Adverts]
A business that is dedicated to heritage crafts and arts courses.  Utilising a combination of traditional and modern methods.  You can expect to use manual and modern day tools to create a finished item. 07488 399 152


Ian Gower Associates [View All Adverts]
Ian Gower Associates offers a nationwide training and consultancy service covering Pesticides, Arboriculture and Health and Safety. Training and testing can be arranged on your site if it is suitable. Otherwise courses are regularly run in the Kent area. 01622 675130 07946 525298

Ignite Woodfuel Supply Chain Training [View All Adverts]
A series of Lantra Awards certificated short courses (1-3 days), run by qualified instructors with significant experience in the woodfuel sector, aimed at woodfuel specifiers, suppliers, processors, growers or woodland owners. 01765 609355

IPROW (Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management) [View All Adverts]
Specialist training tailored for rights of way and access professionals 01536 514749


Jeff Goodman Wildlife Video & Edit Courses [View All Adverts]
You don't need expensive equipment to make exciting wildlife films. Learn the skills of video camera work, editing and story creation first. Share a camera with a friend if you like. For the absolute beginner to the semi pro. Courses in association with Cornwall Wildlife Trust.


Kingston Maurward College [View All Adverts]
Kingston Maurward is a land-based College which offers full- and part-time courses, higher education and Apprenticeships; it has a commercial farm, laboratories, training areas, animal science centre, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, state of the art plant production units and Agri-tech facilities. 01305215032


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Lowe Maintenance Training [View All Adverts]
Lowe Maintenance offer high quality courses at affordable prices within Forestry and Landbased sectors, covering: Arboriculture and Forestry Chainsaw related qualifications; Pesticide/Spraying; First Aid; ATV’s; Brushcutter/Trimmer; Hedge Cutter; Chipper and many other short courses within Horticulture, Agriculture and Countryside skills, leading to nationally recognised qualifications (e.g. City and Guilds). 01729 825132

Lynher Training Ltd - NPTC Assessment Centre [View All Adverts]
Lynher training Ltd. are now a registered City & Guilds NPTC assessment centre and can now provide "one-stop-shop" training with NPTC assessments in Devon & Cornwall 01822 832902


Malvern Coppicing [View All Adverts]
Our courses take place at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire, a 50 acre privately owned nature reserve, which Phil has been coppicing since 1999 and has a patchwork of diverse habitat including many indicator species of ancient semi-natural woodland. It has both deciduous and various conifer species. 07443520040 / 01684 574865

Manchester Metropolitan University: Biological Recording Programmes [View All Adverts]
'The only academic course in the country which teaches people how to identify plants and animals in the field' MSc, University Certificate and Day courses in Biological Recording and Species Identification

Muddy Feet Training [View All Adverts]
Accredited Forest School Training OCN Levels 1,2,3 and Outdoor Learning courses OCN Levels 2 and 3 . Bespoke courses available 07432611008


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust [View All Adverts]
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading conservation charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife, with 67 nature reserves - part of a UK network of 47 local Wildlife Trusts working to protect wildlife. 0115 958 8242


Oaklands College [View All Adverts]
We are a Further Education college based in St. Albans, offering a wide range of courses within Greenkeeping, Agriculture and Horticulture and have been involved in horticultural training for 60 years. We are also Greenkeeper Training Committee-approved.
01727 737000


Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training [View All Adverts]
We provide short botanical and ecological training courses for individuals, hobby botanists, education centres, conservation volunteers, professionals and graduates throughout the UK (online and taught). 07743712020


RDI Associates Ltd [View All Adverts]
Our Lantra Awards accredited ignite courses, delivered by qualified instructors with significant experience in the woodfuel sector, have been setting the standard in woodfuel supply chain training since 2004. Course material is constantly updated and revised to take account of the latest technical and legislative developments. 01765 609355

Richard Green Ecology Ltd [View All Adverts]
Providing ecological services, including: bat & other protected species surveys; Phase I & NVC habitat surveys; ecological impact assessments; European protected species licence applications. We also provide training. Please contact us if you require a bespoke course or if you are an ecologist looking to increase your knowledge & experience. 01395239234

Royal Agricultural University [View All Adverts]
Established in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University offers career focused courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels including, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, Agriculture, Food Production and Supply, Equine, Real Estate, Rural Land Management, Business and Management. 01285 652531

Royal Society of Biology [View All Adverts]
The Royal Society of Biology's training programme is expanding; we offer courses to suit all interests and competencies, from enthusiastic students to high level professionals. Our aim is to promote interest in biology and enable individuals to continue their professional development (CPD). 020 7685 2578

RSPB bespoke training courses [View All Adverts]
The RSPB have worked with a number of organisations to develop bespoke training programmes to meet their needs. This is a cost-effective way of delivering training and can be held at your own site. Preferential rates are available. Contact us to discuss tailor-made courses for your team 01767 693308

Rural Development Initiatives [View All Adverts]
Rural Development Initiatives: training providers to the land based sector and specialists in woodland management and woodfuel supply chain training running the award winning ignite courses. Funding may be available to reduce the cost of training for eligible farming/forestry businesses across England and Wales.


Sallerton Wood - Courses in green woodworking [View All Adverts]
Tutor-led green woodwork courses are offered to make products such as mallets, spatulas, traditional shave-horses, stools, and chairs. These courses take place in woodland workshop shelters using traditional tools such as draw-knives, and pole lathes. See our website for details of all courses. 07722 435 964

Sawpod Ltd Arboriculture & Forestry Training [View All Adverts]
Professional training for the novice chainsaw user in maintenance, small and medium tree felling, emergency treework leading City & Guilds certification. Courses take place in both workshop and woodland settings. Also, professional training for the novice tree climber and more advanced techniques including Rigging/Dismantling and Pruning techniques. 01264 773229

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Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) - Countryside Management [View All Adverts]
Our countryside & conservation courses aim to prepare students for immediate entry to the workplace, through constant contact with industry & development of core skills alongside appropriate knowledge & experiences. We offer NC, HNC, HND, BSc (Hons) & MSc & distance learning options across our campuses at Aberdeen, Ayr, Elmwood & Oatridge (not all campuses offer each level) 0800269453

Scottish Crofting Federation [View All Adverts]
Crofters and Small Landholders Skills for the 21st Century is a structured programme of hands-on training days, organised by the Scottish Crofting Federation, to help crofters and small landholders develop and extend their practical skills. New entrants, also existing crofters/smallholders who would like to diversify and develop new skills.

Snowdonia National Park Study Centre - Plas Tan y Bwlch [View All Adverts]
Plas Tan y Bwlch is the Snowdonia National Park Authority Study Centre. Excellent facilities together with local sites for Professional Training are provided. Course tutors may include local and national specialists in addition to staff from the Centre and other departments of the National Park. 01766 772600

Start Birding [View All Adverts]
Birdwatching Tuition. Delivered as regular bird identification courses with theoretical workshops; day trips to birdwatching hot spots or bespoke sessions to fast track your learning. Contact Linda at Start Birding for further details 07778 768719

Sussex Wildlife Trust [View All Adverts]
Sussex Wildlife Trust organises a packed programme of wildlife related courses each year. Courses are led by local and national experts in the classroom at our Woods Mill nature reserve in the centre of Sussex or at venues across the county. Please book online. 01273 497561


Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre [View All Adverts]
Our supportive training courses cover basic ecology, identification features, relevant legislation, and survey techniques. They are run by expert ecologists and aimed at beginners to improve identification skills and knowledge of a range of priority habitats and species. Student discounts. 01865 815451

The Adventure Academy CIC [View All Adverts]
The Adventure Academy CIC deliver outdoor learning, navigation courses, the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), outdoor first aid courses, forestry first aid courses, first aid at work courses and forest school first aid courses. 0141 628 8520

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The College of Animal Welfare [View All Adverts]
The College was established in 1989 and now has four centres around the UK. Our one year, online learning, City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment course is ideal for those looking to learn more about the environment around them.

The Species Recovery Trust [View All Adverts]
We run a wide range of field-based courses across the south of England, covering botanical ID (bryophytes, grasses and wildflowers), survey skills, protected species ecology and wildlife crime. We also provide extensive training resources through our website. All proceeds from the courses go straight to our endangered species programme. 01722322539

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TKF Training UK [View All Adverts]
TKF provide Chainsaw Courses and Tree felling and Tree Climbing training. Regular Scheduled Courses. City and Guilds and Lantra Approved. 01484 685114

Tony Darbyshire Arb Training (Sawpod Ltd) [View All Adverts]
Sawpod Ltd: Tony Darbyshire is the principle trainer and has 30 years experience in Arboricultural training. We are an independent NPTC and Lantra Training Provider offering courses for all Arboriculture and Forestry Chainsaw related qualifications, leading to nationally and industry recognised certification. ELCAS and CTP accredited.

Trusted Training 4 U Ltd - UK Training Provider [View All Adverts]
Trusted Training 4 U is a provider of workplace and online training courses for management and employees, Our full range of courses cover first aid training, fire safety courses, food safety courses, health & safety training and care home training. 0333 014 5433


Wildeye - International School of Wildlife Film-Making [View All Adverts]
Wildeye run a number of courses, workshops and training expeditions for aspiring wildlife and conservation film-makers and enthusiastic amateurs. If you are just starting out we suggest you start with the Introduction to Wildlife Film-making weekend in Norfolk. Explore the website for the range of training opportunities.

Wildscapes [View All Adverts]
Wildscapes is an ecology consultancy operating as part of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. We offer short courses in various survey techniques, plant identification, bats, butterflies and moths, and other ecology topics throughout the year. All our profits are put back into the Wildlife Trust. 0114 2792667

WildTeam [View All Adverts]
Develop your skills to help save more of the wildlife you love. ‚Äč We give conservationists the skills to design and deliver amazing conservation projects that help to save more wildlife.

Wildwood Trust [View All Adverts]
Wildwood is a British wildlife park near Canterbury in Kent. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland. We run a wide range of short courses for professionals and enthusiasts including dormouse handling and phase 1 habitat survey. 01227 711471

Woodcraft School Ltd [View All Adverts]
Specialist providers of bushcraft and natural history training offering accredited and non accredited courses in bushcraft, wildlife, tracking and ethnobotany. 01730 816299

Woodland Ways [View All Adverts]
We offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of bushcraft and survival courses available, covering everything from the basics to advanced skills and instructor training. With a relaxed and friendly approach, we teach all aspects of bushcraft including shelter building, water purification, fire lighting, first aid, navigation, tracking, foraging and much more. 01234 351006

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