Course curriculum

    1. How to use this course

    2. Before we get going...

    3. Next steps

    4. Course Community

    5. Further Reading

    6. Toolbox - Onboarding

    7. Onboarding and Introduction to The Course

    8. Welcome slides from onboarding - 05 June 2023

    1. Toolbox - Week 1

    2. Wildlife Legislation in the UK

    3. The Environment Act 2021

    4. Office For Environmental Protection

    5. Wildlife Planning and Policy in the UK

    6. Week 1 - Live Q&A Workshop

    7. Week 1 - Q&A Recording

    8. Week 1 - Q&A Presentation

    1. Toolbox - Week 2

    2. Lesson 1: An introduction to Habitat Classification Systems

    3. Lesson 2: UK Habitat Classification System and the Digital Ecologist: podcast interview with Paul Losse

    4. The Statutory Biodiversity Metric - February 2024

    5. Lesson 3: An introduction to Biodiversity Net Gain

    6. Lesson 4: Biodiversity Net Gain - in action

    7. Lesson 5: What is Biodiversity Net Gain and the Biodiversity Metric Tool: podcast with Dr Nick White

    8. Lesson 6: An insight into BNG and delivery by Planning Authorities

    9. BNG Quiz

    10. Week 2 - Live Q&A Workshop

    11. Preparing for Week 3 (on campus)

    12. Week 2 - Q&A Live Session Recording

    1. Toolbox - Week 3

    2. Lesson 1 - The role of a consultant ecologist

    3. Lesson 2 - What it's like to work for an ecological consultancy

    4. Lesson 3 - Skills Wheel

    5. Complete and submit your baseline skills wheel

    6. Course Assignment - Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Report

    7. Week 3 Quiz

    1. Introducing the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

    2. Survey limitations

    3. Health, Safety and Wellbeing considerations

    4. PEA - The Desk Study

    5. Habitat Classification Systems (with downloads)

    6. Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Methodology

    7. UK Habitat Classification System Methodology

    8. Assessment of Knowledge and Understanding of the PEA

    1. The importance of bat conservation in the UK

    2. Bat licences in the UK

    3. Potential bat roost features in buildings

    4. Potential bat roost features in trees

    5. Potential bat roost features in other structures

    6. Introduction to the criteria used in categorising a potential bat roost

    7. Negligible and Low Bat Roost Suitability

    8. Moderate Bat Roost Suitability

    9. High Bat Roost Suitability and Confirmed Bat Roost

    10. Test your learning (Preliminary Bat Roost Assessment walk-through)

    11. Creating a training plan

    12. Bat Training Logbook

    13. Architectural terms (an introduction)

About this course

  • Free
  • 78 lessons
  • 5 hours of video content
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How this course benefitted me

Nairne McBeath


"Interesting and relevant"

Megan Knapp

I have thoroughly enjoyed partaking in the course. The modules in the course were interesting and relevant and were all separate. It was interesting to learn about the basics of what is needed to be an ecologist. My favourite module was module 3 which included the nitty gritty information such as bat roosting, PEA's and report writing. The course also covers planning policies, how to better your CV/cover letter and the essential and desirable skills to be an ecologist. We also have the opportunity to meet and speak (via zoom) to directors of other consultancies to see what they look for, what they expect from you and what it is like to work for them. I would recommend this course to people who are new to this sector and would like to widen their knowledge.

"I would definitely recommend this course"

Nairne McBeath

Overall this course provides valuable information concerning the before, during and after job application process. I would definitely recommend this course to like-minded individuals. The range of modules that are covered would suit a recent graduate, a junior ecologist, or someone who fancies a career change and wants to learn more about ecology from someone like Richard, whose expertise and breadth of knowledge within the ecology sector is exceptional.

"This course will put you on the right path"

Guy Ostler

To cut a long story short, this course has provided me with a roadmap with which to gain a career in ecological consultancy. When I started the course, I barely knew where to start as regards building skills that an employer would desire. Now, after taking the course, I feel I have a 'direction' to travel in, and have a focussed, targeted plan to put into action. An excellent course that I would hugely recommend to anybody looking to start a career in ecological consultancy.


Director Richard Dodd

I have worked as a professional ecologist since 2000 within the public, voluntary and private sectors. I'm Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Wildwood Ecology, an Award Winning 'purpose-led' Certified B Corporation company. I'm also a Chartered Ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).