Reptile and Amphibian ID and Surveying


£75.00 Excluding VAT

5 hours
4 modules

This online short course is designed to take you through how to identify all the UK native species of Reptiles and Amphibians. It covers physical appearance and ID features, ecology, distribution, legal protection and survey techniques.

Guidance on further reading is given.

The course comprises of 3 modules which are viewed online. You will gain access to the course as soon as you book.

Module 1 – British Reptiles
Module 2 – British Amphibians
Module 3 – Surveying for Reptiles and Amphibians + course Quiz

Other Details:

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People who want to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.
  • People interested in a career in ecology.
  • People who have a general interest in reptiles and amphibians
  • People who may need to identify UK reptiles and amphibians during surveys

Course format: The course is in the form of slides containing text, illustrations and photographs with links to texts. At the end there will be a short quiz and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

What students say about this course:

“Thank you for the course; it was really enjoyable and very educational!” PS

“I really enjoyed the reptile and amphibian ID course and learning more about our native species!” JS

Time commitment: This 3 module short course is expected to take around 4-5 hours to complete. There is no specific time limit for completing the course, but you will not receive a certificate until you have submitted your quiz answers. You will have access to the material for 6 weeks.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will be able to identify all native UK reptiles and amphibians and also know about their distribution and ecology, legal protection, as well as survey techniques.

Core texts:

  • FSC Guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain and Ireland.
  • Frogs and Toads by Trevor Beebee. Published by Whittet Books (2004).
  • Herpetofauna Workers Manual*
  • Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook*
  • Reptile Habitat Management Handbook*
  • Amphibian Habitat Management Handbook*

* Available online and links are given within the course.

How to book: You can book on-line here. Once you have booked you will then be able to start the course straight away. If you’d like book a group or on behalf of another person please email us at and we’d be delighted to help you.

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