Course: Discovering Reptiles: Identification and Ecology

Field Studies Council

Tuesday 5th July - Tuesday 9th August 2022 (Flexible study time)

Cost: £45

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This introductory course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in herpetofauna and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. All content has been created by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, so you can be confident that you are getting information from leading experts working within this field. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify common UK species as well as non-native, explain their basic ecology and also have a basic understanding of key mitigations needed when working in an area of interest for reptiles.

This is a 3-week online course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online study content, activities, assignments and live Zoom sessions. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion.

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. Being able to identify species and make site adjustments for reptiles is a critical skill for anyone looking at working within a consultancy career.

This course will cover:

  • Introduction to Reptiles
  • UK Reptile Identification
  • UK Reptile Ecology

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain Reptile taxonomy, anatomy, and main ID features and how they differ from other animals
  • Identify UK Reptile species
  • Describe the different habitats, ranges and life cycles of UK reptiles
  • Identify reasonable adjustments that need to be taken to protect reptiles
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on 30th June to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.*

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.

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