Training Directory: Centres and Providers

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Centres and Providers

Details of centres, organisations and people providing specialised training to the countryside, conservation and ecology sectors.



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

Our employer-endorsed training team is able to share over 20 years of experience with our trainees by providing residential courses, volunteering opportunities, and practical education in nature conservation.

Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd - View All Adverts

Logo: Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

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 UK Rural Skills. 01953 600070

Animal Courses Direct - View All Adverts

Animal Care and Conservation Courses at Animal Courses Direct . Animal Courses Direct host a wide range of animal, wildlife and conservation courses. Learn from home, start studying at any time and choose from a variety of theory-based accredited diplomas including: Herpetology, Ichthyology, Ornithology, Primatology, Zoology and Marine Biology. Explore our Ofqual regulated qualifications to enhance your career prospects in the animal sector from training in Zoo keeping, Animal Hydrotherapy to Canine Behaviour.

0208 6269646

Arbschool - View All Adverts

logo: Arb School 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 various courses in bat biology, ecology, field skills, sound analysis and data interpretation for professional and volunteer bat workers. 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.

BatAbility Courses & Tuition - View All Adverts

Bat Courses, Training & 'Lunch Bite' Webinars. We also do business to business training, 121 sessions etc. at a location of your choosing. 07877 570590

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

Bridgwater and Taunton College - View All Adverts

BTC are pioneering the future education of Countryside and Environment Apprenticeships across the national landscape. We are incredibly proud to work with The Environment Agency, the National Trust, The Canal & River Trust and Somerset Drainage Board (with support from LANTRA) to support and deliver brand new trailblazer Apprenticeships.

British Botany - View All Adverts

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British Botany is a new online training platform, aimed at making botany accessible to everyone, as an alternative to expensive field courses. Whether you're an ecologist, conservation practitioner or student, British Botany aims to provide courses at all levels, looking at plant and habitat identification.

Read Josh's featured article The Increase in Road Verge Wilding and the Role of Native Flora 07982242859

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


Capel Manor College - View All Adverts

Capel Manor College is London’s only specialist environmental college, offering a wide range of internationally-recognised courses in arboriculture, agriculture, countryside management and environmental conservation. All courses are taught by exceptional tutors with vast amounts of industry experience..

0303 003 1234

Centre for Alternative Technology - View All Adverts

An educational charity dedicated to researching & communicating positive solutions for environmental change. We offer a variety of day & short residential courses covering a range of sustainability issues, including: renewable energy, environmentally friendly building techniques, water & sanitation solutions, introductory classes in ecology, woodland management, organic gardening & wilderness skills, as well as specialist courses for educators & trade professionals. 01654 704966

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

Confor - View All Adverts

Confor: Promoting forestry and wood

Countryside Management Association - View All Adverts

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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, open to both members and non-members, to share expertise across the sector.

Countryside Science - View All Adverts

Countryside Science develops online digital training courses for people employed in the natural resource management sectors (Forestry/Arboriculture/Grounds Maintenance/Conservation etc). These courses can be delivered efficiently and effectively through mobile technology and can be re-watched in the field as a reference as well as training guide. 07586 040 165

Cumbria Woodlands - View All Adverts

Cumbria Woodlands offer courses in Chainsaw use, Woodland Management, Bats and Trees, Outdoor First Aid and Tool Sharpening. Full details from the Courses & Events page of our website. 01539 822140


Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service (DACES) - View All Adverts

Get skilled in Derbyshire! DACES can help with job applications or to fill holes in your CV with Maths, English, IT or practical construction/horticulture qualifications and short courses. Many courses are free or have subsidised fee options.

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

Down 2 Earth - View All Adverts

Down 2 Earth offers short horticultural & willow weaving workshops. Based in North Yorkshire, courses are run from our one acre garden and a variety of other venues. A garden design service is also available. 07813576214


Eco Training UK - View All Adverts

Eco training UK’s conservation courses are suitable for anyone seeking careers in conservation and ecology or looking to skill up in their current role or for their next step in conservation leadership. We run a range of courses suitable for all experience/career levels, from day to week-long residential courses. 07786444816

Ecology Academy - View All Adverts

The Ecology Academy are an online training provider helping you to get ahead in ecology. We teach the skills that every professional ecologist needs in order to secure that first job or bring greater value to the company you work for. 01453 367450

Ecology Training UK - View All Adverts

Logo: Ecology Training UK

ETUK is the top provider of ecology and conservation courses in the UK. We cover a range of topics from ecology and surveying bats, dormice, reptiles, badgers, beavers, otters and great crested newts, to botany, phase 1, habitat management and mitigation. Many of our courses are available as self-study online courses. 07818073660

entoLIVE - View All Adverts

The entoLIVE webinar series is a programme of virtual talks exploring the science of insects and other invertebrates. The webinars are free to attend and are suitable for adults of all abilities – a passion for invertebrates is all that’s required!

exeGesIS SDM Ltd - View All Adverts

exeGesIS Spatial Data Management is a well-respected environmental, ecological & 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 & informative courses which use environmental data & are run by approachable & knowledgeable trainers. Discounts are available for charitable organisations. 01874 713066

Explorers Connect - View All Adverts

A not-for-profit community organisation to help people live more adventurously, offering a variety of adventure opportunities, including, courses, talks, an expedition teammates platform, an industry jobs board, and much more. 01174057497


Field Studies Council - View All Adverts

An environmental education charity with over 75 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.

First Aid Training Co-operative - View All Adverts

Logo: First Aid Training Co-operative

Specialists in outdoor first aid training. Providing EFAW, FAW, Outdoor First Aid, +F Forestry and +Eq Equestrian courses. Courses held UK wide, our trainers come to your venue to teach your staff, or join one of our public courses. Active, scenario based training with full Covid mitigation in place. 0333 4330731 (Free calls)

Foreststar land based Training centre - View All Adverts

Foreststar training offers training qualifications and support for the land based industries ie Arboriculture, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry. We are based in Warwickshire near Stratford Upon Avon and cover nationwide, we can also arrange accommodation for students whilst they are with us. Example of our courses; Chainsaws, first aid, ATVS & more 07834283248


GeoData GIS Training - View All Adverts

Online and face to face 1 - 3 day professional GIS training courses in ArcGIS Pro, QGIS and MapInfo using environmental applications and data. Bespoke courses tailored to your needs and deskside training also available. Discounts for unemployed, staff from charities and multiple delegates from same organisation.


Ignite Woodfuel Supply Chain Training - View All Adverts

An award winning 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. 07957184978

Inspired Forest School Training - View All Adverts

We offer a unique opportunity to train in an award winning, working Forest School setting, via a number of training opportunities. Let our highly experienced educators guide you through the qualification in a supportive environment. Gain your Level 1,2 or 3 Forest School award with us.

Let's inspire together! 01452712330

IPROW (Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management) - View All Adverts

Specialist training tailored for rights of way and access professionals 07396 548331


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.


Kent Country Parks - View All Adverts

Our parks offer an exciting range of outdoor courses for teaching or learning. 03000 413500

Kingston Maurward College - View All Adverts

Kingston Maurward is a land-based College which offers full- and part-time courses, Foundation Studies courses and Degree-Level courses; 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


LBS Training & Assessing-SW - View All Adverts

We provide training & assessing for NPTC City & Guilds Awards in: Chainsaw; Cross Cut & Maintenance; Felling Up to 380mm; Felling Over 380m; Windblown Severely Damaged Trees; Brush Cutter/Strimmer; Powered Pole Pruner; Wood Chipper; Can come to you. You won't find cheaper or better Instruction...check out Facebook LBS Training & Assessing-SW 07739716753

Lowe Maintenance Training - View All Adverts

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Lowe Maintenance offer high quality courses at affordable prices within Forestry and Landbased sectors, covering: Arboriculture and Forestry Chainsaw related qualifications; Pesticide/Spraying; ATV’s; Brushcutter; Hedge Cutter; Leaf blower; Chipper; ROLO; Rat poison; Aluminium Phosphides; refresher units leading to nationally recognised qualifications (e.g. City and Guilds).


Read more about health & safety at work from Lowe Maintenance in their feature article here 01729 825132


Mammal Society - View All Adverts

Our training courses are for everyone, from interested individuals to ecological consultants, those wanting to develop knowledge, field skills and experience for personal interest or professional development. From species introduction courses, to practical field-craft weekends and survey techniques, we focus on ecology & biology, law, technical skills, handling & surveying. 02380 010984

Muddy Feet Training - View All Adverts

We deliver an inspiring range of Forest School training including: Leadership and Assistant courses (accredited OCN Levels 1-3), Curriculum-Based Outdoor Learning courses (introduction, co-ordinator and practitioner levels) and a range of courses for teachers, practitioners and communities. All in locations throughout Beds, Bucks, Northants and Oxon. Bespoke courses are also available. 07432611008


Nottingham Trent University - View All Adverts

Study a land-based degree or college course at Nottingham Trent University. Do you want to advance your career vertically or move horizontally along the job ladder? Nottingham Trent University can offer you a practical, relevant and work-focused solution with one of our many land-based degrees or college courses based at our rural Brackenhurst Campus. Discover more about what we offer today. +44 (0)115 848 4200

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 46 local Wildlife Trusts working to protect wildlife. 0115 958 8242


Park Farm Training Centre - View All Adverts

Forest School taster days for educators and accredited Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. Learning Beyond the Classroom Level 3 accredited by ITC First. Day courses including coppicing, living willow structures, hedgelaying, crafts, firelighting/cooking, tool use. Regular skills development days in the woods. Beautiful woodland and classroom site in the National Forest. 01530 262434 or 07775857222

Ptyxis Ecology Training - View All Adverts

Ptyxis Ecology has a national reputation in the conservation and ecology sector for high quality CPD botany and ecology courses delivered by trained teachers. All of our courses are now delivered via distance learning. These are not 'online' courses without any tutor input. Instead you are supported with detailed feedback on your work over six months as you learn through your own fieldwork. Course materials include structured learning activities and unique resources such as bespoke beginners botanical keys.


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

Specialists in woodland management and woodfuel supply chain training. Our Lantra Awards accredited Ignite courses, delivered by qualified instructors with significant experience in the woodfuel sector, are constantly updated and revised to take account of the latest technical and legislative developments. 07957184978

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

We offer a range of undergraduate degree and foundation courses in many different subjects, meaning you can master the practical and theoretical skills that will open doors to new opportunities. Email, call 01285 889912 or visit to find out more. 01285 889912

Royal Horticultural Society - View All Adverts

We have been awarding qualifications since 1893, which are widely recognised and respected within the industry. Qualifications are available to study online or at an approved centre across the UK and Ireland. Our Master of Horticulture is an online degree-level programme for professional horticulturists wishing to grow their career.

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 3925 3453

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


Sallerton Wood - Courses in green woodworking - View All Adverts

Green woodwork training courses are offered for the making of traditional woodland craft products such as mallets, spatulas, kuksas, shave-horses, stools, and chairs. These courses take place in a well-equipped woodland workshop shelter using traditional tools such as draw-knives, and pole lathes. 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

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) - Countryside Management - View All Adverts

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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

Small Woods Association - View All Adverts

We offer courses on practical skills for the management of small woodlands, green woodworking and crafts. Small Woods deliver a suite of accredited woodland management courses, with subsidised rates for our members and support new entrants to the coppice and sustainable woodland management sector through our apprenticeships. 01952 432 769

SMB College Group - View All Adverts

SMB College Group is a leading provider of Further Education, offering a wide selection of full-time programmes and short courses. The College’s Brooksby Campus specialises in training students in land-based industries, with its industry-expert tutors and state-of-the-art facilities, it’s a perfect place to study. 01664 855 444

Sorbus Learning CIC - View All Adverts

We provide communities, voluntary groups and individuals courses, workshops and advice about ecology, nature conservation, countryside skills, wildlife gardening, therapeutic horticulture and woodcrafts that connect people with nature so that you can make space for wildlife in your garden or local green space. 07443 543059

South East Landbased Training Courses LLP - View All Adverts

South East Landbased Training Courses LLP provide an extensive range of flexible learning courses designed for rural, agricultural and landbased business, these include practical skills, health and safety, legislative requirements, conservation and environmental skills 07437 601161

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

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


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. 01480 422060

The Ecology Co-op - View All Adverts

The Ecology Co-op is a consultancy based in the south of England with a wealth of experience in survey techniques, impact assessments, habitat design and management, protected species work and biodiversity calculations. We are happy to provide training for those looking to start a career or develop further. 01798861800

The Sustainability Centre - View All Adverts

At our idyllic learning centre in the South Downs, we offer a range of courses, including permaculture, Forest School leader training, woodland management, nature connection, foraging and willow craft. We have on-site accommodate: an eco lodge, yurts and camping. 

01730 823166

Time For Bespoke Solutions Ltd - View All Adverts

We provide a range of business-related skills training packages, each delivered in an interactive, practical and friendly environment, resulting in a positive impact on your business. The following are examples of training programmes we can develop for you: Relationship Management;  Project Management; Effective Communication; Organisational Skills; Finance for Non-Financial Managers; Negotiation Skills. 07877 570590

TKF Training UK - View All Adverts

TKF Training have been providing high quality professional arborist and land based training courses to companies and individuals for over 20 years. 01484 685114

Tyro Training - View All Adverts

Tyro offers a comprehensive range of C&G NPTC certificated courses for the forestry, arboriculture, landscape and horticulture industries – from chainsaw operations, stump grinders and wood chippers to pesticides and rodenticides to ride-on mowers, tractor driving, diggers and MEWPs. We can deliver at our place or yours! 01756 797 266


UK 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

University of Oxford - View All Adverts

Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education offers a wide range of courses in ecology and the environment. Join us for a day or weekend, enrol on a weekly learning programme, or gain an Oxford University graduate qualification. Topics include survey methods, animal behaviour, plant biodiversity, mapping tools and sustainable development. 01865 270360


Verde-ecology Consultancy - View All Adverts

We offer courses in wildflower ID, grasses ID and plant ID for phase 1 habitat surveys. Throughout the year we run a whole range of courses for seasoned ecologists and budding beginners. We can also develop bespoke ecology and botanical courses to be delivered at any location throughout the North East. Get in touch to discuss your ecological training requirements. 07875544635


West Dean College of Arts and Conservation - View All Adverts

Explore your study options from short courses to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees. Students at West Dean College achieve ground-breaking work in arts or craft or apply their skills to the conservation of our national and international cultural heritage. 01243 818300

Wild things! Environmental Education in Action - View All Adverts

Wild things are a long established charity and outdoor eduction provider. Their flagship course - Woodland Activity Leader Training - provides a practical and comprehensive alternative to Forest School training and takes just 7 days to complete. They can also provide bespoke packages, just ask! 01309 690450

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 303 5123

WildTeam - View All Adverts

Develop your skills to help save more of the wildlife you love. 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 wildlife interpretation. 01227 711471

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