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Field Studies Council

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.

Short Courses

04/01/2023 Exploring Nature Writing (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NThziG

This introductory online writing course will immerse you in the world of nature writing. You will learn some basic practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer, as you take inspiration from nature and hone your craft. Be inspired and bring nature's power to life on your page.

Cost £60

13/01/2023 What is QGIS? (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3G53yN9

This introductory online QGIS course will introduce GIS and how it works, as well as an introduction to QGIS as an open software option. During this course, you will learn the background knowledge to enable you to quickly get to grips with QGIS in future courses.

Cost £35

19/01/2023 Discovering Marine Invertebrates (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgcJTg

This beginner marine invertebrate course will explore marine invertebrate biology, ecology and key identification features. By the end of the course, you will be able to classify the ten major phyla of marine invertebrates and describe common species.

Cost £35

19/01/2023 Discovering Marine Mammals: Biology and Ecology (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EliKEH

Dive into marine mammal biology and ecology with this introductory online course from marine conservation experts, ORCA. Develop your knowledge, learn something new and connect with experts. During this online course, you will be introduced to marine mammals, with a particular focus on UK species.

Cost £45

19/01/2023 Botanical Folklore (online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3hxzijS

This introductory folklore online course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of trees and common wildflower species. This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities.

Cost £45

23/01/2023 Discovering Trees

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tlWWCx

During this introductory online course, you will start at the very basics of the biological definition of a tree and their place in the plant kingdom. You will continue to build your knowledge and explore their incredible biology and ecology.

Cost £60

31/01/2023 UK Otter Biology, Ecology and Conservation

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tjstEZ

This Beginner UK otter online course will explore their biology, ecology and conservation. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about otters. This course will focus on what otters evolved from, their biology, behaviour and where to find them.

Cost £45

09/02/2023 Discovering Bryophytes (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NSyKks

This beginner course will introduce you to the complex world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. The course covers their biology, ecology and where you can find them. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get outside and put your new found knowledge into practice.

Cost £60

13/02/2023 Discovering QGIS (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3WQZcPt

This beginner QGIS course will teach you how to use the QGIS interface and begin to build, style, and present maps. We discover the basics of using QGIS in the context of environmental information. This course will take you through each step at an easy and accessible pace.

Cost £75

14/02/2023 Discovering Tracks and Signs (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3DUE4zi

This introductory online wildlife tracking course will explore the skills needed to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activities when you are out in the field. Wildlife tracking is a crucial skill within conservation management and key for species identification.

Cost £30

18/02/2023 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

Rhyd Y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre, Betws Y Coed, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgWNjF

This beginner course is a great place to start for those taking their first steps into the world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. During this course, you will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert.

Cost £60

23/02/2023 Discovering Seabirds (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tBjUG1

This beginner to intermediate course is a starting guide to the skills required to begin?identifying and observing our native UK seabirds in the field. You will learn valuable observational field identification tips, life history characteristics and general ecology of the different groups of seabirds found around the British coastline.

Cost £45

25/02/2023 Identifying Lichens 2 Days

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NWrgwV

This beginner-early intermediate lichens course will consist of a blend of field and classroom sessions to provide you with a general introduction to lichens as a group, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry, alongside identification and recording.

Cost £150

25/02/2023 NVC Winter Habitat Survey: Understanding and Describing Plant Communities 2 Days

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ek3esr

This intermediate course will provide you with the skills required to confidently use the National Vegetation Classification in winter as a framework to approach how plant communities are responding to environmental change. It is a key skill for many within and interested in an environmental career.

Cost £170

01/03/2023 Developing Nature Writing (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3ic63Dt

Using the written word, bring nature's power to life on your page. During this beginner course, you will build on your skills within nature writing and learn some practices and techniques, allowing you to develop as a writer, as you take inspiration from nature, art, and philosophy.

Cost £60

02/03/2023 Conservation of Marine Mammals (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3VfwhDk

During this beginner course, you will be introduced to historical and modern-day threats facing marine mammals across the world and here in the UK. This course has been developed by leading marine experts, ORCA.

Cost £60

08/03/2023 Discovering Garden Birds: Identification (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AIJ3SP

This beginner bird course is aimed at bird enthusiasts who wish to learn more about their much-loved garden visitors and want to begin to be able to identify them and understand their biology and ecology.

Cost £60

09/03/2023 Discovering iRecord (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EBprRP

iRecord is a free tool created by the Biological Record Centre to support naturalists and biological recording schemes and societies. This course will introduce learners to the basics of biological recording, such as grid references, data flow and verification.

Cost £60

14/03/2023 Discovering Reptiles: Identification and Ecology (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AI710C

This introductory online course will introduce you to the key characteristics of reptiles, and will then look more in-depth into the identification and ecology of UK species. All content has been created by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

Cost £45

18/03/2023 Field Ecology of Garden Birds 1 Day

National Trust - Quarry bank, Styal Road, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4HP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EBptJr

This introductory bird course provides a gentle introduction, covering aspects of common bird biology, ecology and behaviour. An engaging course to introduce novices to our feathered neighbours in nature; learners will appreciate the basic biology of a bird and how that model has been illimitably adapted.

Cost £60

20/03/2023 Discovering Badgers, other Mustelids and their Allies (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3VkW5Oo

This introductory land mammals online course will explore badgers, other mustelids and some other relevant medium-sized mammals. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about land mammals.

Cost £45

25/03/2023 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham, RH5 6DA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgWNjF

This beginner bryophytes course is a great place to start for those taking their first steps into the world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. During this course, you will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert in the field.

Cost £60

25/03/2023 Practical Bird Field Skills 1 Day

Margam Discovery Centre, Margam park, Port talbot, SA13 2UA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AHHlkE

This beginner course will guide you in getting to grips with practical bird watching field skills. Including how to choose and use binoculars, how to start learning bird songs and calls, and how to give yourself the best chance of spotting the birds in the first place!

Cost £60

30/03/2023 Botanical Folklore (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3hxzijS

This introductory folklore online course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of trees and common wildflower species. This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities.

Cost £45

03/04/2023 Discovering Ferns

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3VqrOhe

This beginner online course will introduce you to the complex world of ferns. Ferns are a common sight on a woodland walk, but have you wondered what species you are seeing? Ferns are vibrant non-flowering plants and reproduce via spores. With a diverse variety of species in the UK, there is much to explore!

Cost £45

03/04/2023 Bee Conservation

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AHirSo

This beginner course will introduce you to the threats bees are facing, and how conservationists and citizen scientists are taking action to reduce their decline. You can work through this course content and assignments at your own pace at a time that suits you.

Cost £20

06/04/2023 Discovering Botany

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ev3h3E

In this beginner wildflower online course, you will build your understanding of wildflower basics considering their biology, ecology and the structure of flowering plants and be introduced to the species commonly encountered in the UK.

Cost £60

07/04/2023 Discovering Rocky Shores 2 Days

Dale Fort Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3gAsEcq

Rocky Shores are one of the most dynamic, stressful, and interesting habitats on the planet, they exhibit a strong environmental gradient, and the distribution of the organisms reflects this. This course will introduce you to this unique habitat and the varied organisms that call this home!

Cost £150

08/04/2023 Reptiles and their Ecology 1 Day

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EC1WrI

This course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in reptiles and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. You will learn how to identify our native reptiles, and become familiar with their?ecology.

Cost £60

09/04/2023 Building Skills in Reptile Survey Techniques 1 Day

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3XHWw7B

This beginner course will cover theory and practice of designing and carrying out reptile surveys using standard methods, and how to record the results. The course is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in surveying for reptiles.

Cost £60

11/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Licensing for Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Claypits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington WA3 6EE, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3i4ONQp

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching.

Cost £100

13/04/2023 Discovering Marine Invertebrates (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgcJTg

This beginner marine invertebrate course will explore marine invertebrate biology, ecology and key identification features. By the end of the course, you will be able to classify the ten major phyla of marine invertebrates and describe common species.

Cost £35

13/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Licensing for Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Claypits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington WA3 6EE, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3i4ONQp

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching.

Cost £100

15/04/2023 Identifying Lichens for Beginners 2 Days

Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ey0OWd

This beginner lichens course will consist of a blend of field and classroom sessions to provide you with a general introduction to lichens as a group, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry, alongside identification and recording.

Cost £135

22/04/2023 Discovering Wildlife Tracks and Signs 2 Days

Flatford Mill Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AIJc8P

This beginner course is a great place to start for those looking to improve their ability to identify a range of wildlife tracks and signs encountered in rural and urban areas and even gardens. Learn this valuable skill for anyone with an interest in natural history and conservation.

Cost £120

22/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Bishops Wood Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This intermediate course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching.

Cost £100

27/04/2023 Enhance Your Nature Writing: Exploration and Analysis

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3VmVyeP

This intermediate course will introduce you to the roots of nature writing. Creative writers are taken through a series of exciting workshops where they take inspiration from the analysis of a variety of sources and hone their craft.

Cost £75

30/04/2023 Field Ecology of Garden Birds 1 Day

Grow Wilder Bristol - 181 Frenchay Park Rd, Bristol BS16 1EL, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EBptJr

This beginner bird course provides a gentle introduction, covering aspects of common bird biology, ecology and behaviour. An engaging course to introduce novices to our feathered neighbours in nature; learners will appreciate the basic biology of a bird and how that model has been illimitably adapted!

Cost £60

Short Courses

29/11/2022 Invertebrate Volunteer ID Day 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Worcestershire, FSC BioLinks biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3akxYO3

Our Invertebrate Volunteer ID Days are opportunities for people to come to our centres to use our lab facilities, microscopes, identification guides and other resources. They are free to attend, and they will improve your entomology knowledge and skills (booking is essential).

Free Course

30/11/2022 Invertebrate Volunteer ID Day 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Worcestershire, FSC BioLinks biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3RaItnH

Our Invertebrate Volunteer ID Days are opportunities for people to come to our centres to use our lab facilities, microscopes, identification guides and other resources. They are free to attend, and they will improve your entomology knowledge and skills (booking is essential).

Free Course

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