Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Building the foundations to ecological appraisal

    • Introduction to ecological appraisal

    • Setting out reasons why and need for ecological appraisal

    • Legislation in the UK

    • Planning Policy in the UK

    • Habitat Classification Systems

    • Introducing the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

    • Test your learning (1)

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Preparing to undertake an ecological appraisal

    • Why your preparation matters

    • Linking impacts of a project to legislation implications

    • Survey limitations

    • Identifying your training needs, skills and experience

    • Health, Safety and Wellbeing considerations

    • Test your learning (2)

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - Undertaking a desk study and ecological appraisal

    • The Desk Study

    • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Methodology

    • UK Habitat Classification System Methodology

    • An introduction to Biodiversity Net Gain

    • BNG tools and links

    • Test your learning (3)

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - The survey report

    • Overview of the report

    • Introducing the PEA report

    • Getting the report right

    • Test your learning (4)

  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • Assessment of Knowledge and Understanding

    • Congrats!

    • You're almost done!

    • Before you go...

    • Further Reading

Reviews

5 star rating

Excellent course

Ella Milne

This is a brilliant course - really easy to follow and understand. Great material and links added within the modules. I would highly recommend for anyone lo...

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This is a brilliant course - really easy to follow and understand. Great material and links added within the modules. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to start a career in ecological consultancy.

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5 star rating

Highly recommended

Matthew Simmons

Excellent for anyone with an interest in ecology as well as for university students

Excellent for anyone with an interest in ecology as well as for university students

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5 star rating

Great for emerging ecologists

Katy Perry

The modules are easy to work through and bitesized, there are useful links and documents to help do further work outside of the course and provides the basic...

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The modules are easy to work through and bitesized, there are useful links and documents to help do further work outside of the course and provides the basics to creating a logical PEA.

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5 star rating

Another brilliant course from the Wildwood team.

Aqeel Azam

Highly recommended for people with some experience with this topic and to people who are looking to enter the profession so you're not starting from the grou...

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Highly recommended for people with some experience with this topic and to people who are looking to enter the profession so you're not starting from the ground up.

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5 star rating

A highly valuable course

Danielle Edwards

This course is ideal for those just getting to grips with what ecological consultancy is actually like. Not only does it cover the regulatory context, practi...

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This course is ideal for those just getting to grips with what ecological consultancy is actually like. Not only does it cover the regulatory context, practical examples and tools it also encourages self assessment and development.

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5 star rating

Brilliant Introduction to PEA

Courtenay Dubock

I really enjoyed this introduction to PEA especially the presentation and video format. An easy to follow run through from desk study to report writing with ...

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I really enjoyed this introduction to PEA especially the presentation and video format. An easy to follow run through from desk study to report writing with a demo of using MAGIC to create a site map. Would definitely recommend for career starters.

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Meet your instructor

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).