Training Courses

Our suite of training courses for adults covers a wide range of wildlife related subjects including species identification, survey skills, art, photography and more. Every course is led by experienced professionals who are experts in their fields. Courses are graded for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels to help you to identify which course is suitable for you.

Based from Attenborough Nature Centre or Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre our Wildlife Training Courses promise a rewarding learning experience delivered on some of the most rich and diverse wildlife spaces in the county.

Further Courses Added

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Tel: 0115 972 1777

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Introductory Level

Suitable for people who are new to the subject or wish to refresh their knowledge. No prior subject knowledge is expected.

 

Birds

Autumn Bird Identification Walk

1st September 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three Autumn walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification Walk

6th October 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three Autumn walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification Walk

3rd November 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three Autumn walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

1st December 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three Winter walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

12 January 2019
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three Winter walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

2nd February 2019

9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three Winter walks for £18.

£7 per person

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Spring Bird Identification Walk

 

2nd March 2019

9am to 11am

Improve your identification of Spring birds using sight and sound. Book all three Spring walks for £18.

£7 per person

 

Dawn Chorus Walk (with breakfast)

Future date currently being planned

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough. Finishes with a breakfast buffet.

£18 per person

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Dawn Chorus Walk at Idle Valley

6th May 2018
6.30am to 9am

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Idle Valley. Finishes with light refreshments.

£10 per person

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Dawn Chorus Walk (without breakfast)

Future dates currently being planned

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough.

£12 per person

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Mammals

Bat Identification and Surveying

22nd September 2018
4pm to 10pm

This evening course covers the ecology, conservation and identification of UK bats. After a light meal, you'll cover the surveying and monitoring of bats before heading out for an evening walk to exercise your new skills.

£35 per person

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Introduction to Bats

Future dates currently being planned

Attenborough is one of the best places in the country to see bats. This evening starts with a fascinating talk, followed by a walk around the reserve using bat detectors.

£15 per person including refreshments

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Plants

Plants Not In Flower

19th-20th September 2018
930am to 4pm each day

Learn how to identify plants when not in flower. The course is ideal both for the amateur and professional.

£90 per person

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Introduction to Wildflowers at Idle Valley

18th June 2017
10am to 4pm

Learn how to identify Britain's wildflowers, and after lunch, an afternoon walk will put your new skills into practice.

£35 per person

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Introduction to Wildflowers

Future dates currently being planned

Learn how to identify Britain's wildflowers, and after lunch, an afternoon walk will put your new skills into practice.

£35 per person

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Getting to Know Your Conifers

21st October 2018

10am-4pm

This course is an opportunity to focus on these remarkably beautiful plants which appear difficult to distinguish from one another.

£45 per person

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Winter Tree Identification at Idle Valley

9th December 2017
10am to 3pm

Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve.

£35 per person

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Winter Tree Identification

Future dates currently being planned

Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve.

£35 per person

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Other Skills

Fungi for Beginners

14th October 2018
10.30am to 4.30pm

Learn how to identify and classify common, edible and poisonous species, and delve into the folklore of mushrooms. After lunch, enjoy a foray around the reserve to practice your new skills.

£35 per person

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Introductory Dragonflies and Damselflies

Futture dates currenly being planned

Learn to identify Britain's dragonflies and damselfies, including an afternoon survey on the reserve to practice your new skills.

£35 per person

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Introductory Bumblebees

Future dates currently being planned

Learn to identify Britain's bumblebees, and explore bee ecology and conservation, and surveying. Enjoy a walk after lunch to practice your new skills.

£35 per person

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Introduction to Microscopy

Future dates currenlty being planned

Whether you're new to microscopy or would like to improve your skills, you'll be guided through how to use different types of microscope to study a wide variety of subjects.

£35 per person

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Wildlife Photography

Introduction to Wildlife Photography (Autumn)

15th September  2018  |  6th October 2018   |   10th November 2018
8.30am to 11.00am

Join professional photographer, Iain McMillan, for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. The course uses the unique hides at Attenborough to capture the best shots.

£35 per person per day including refreshments

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Introduction to Wildlife Photography (Winter)

1st December 2018 
8.30am to 11.30am

Join professional photographer, Iain McMillan, for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. The course uses the unique hides at Attenborough to capture the best shots.

£35 per person per day including refreshments

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Introduction to Wildlife Photography (Spring 2019)


Future dates currenly being planned

Join professional photographer, Iain McMillan, for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. The course uses the unique hides at Attenborough to capture the best shots.

£35 per person per day including refreshments

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Advanced Courses

Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification

Future dates currently being planned

Covering the ecology, biology, identification and surveying of Britian's dragonflies and damselflies. Includes classroom and fieldwork elements. Tutor: David Goddard

£45 per person

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Advanced Solitary and Bumblebee Identification

Future dates currently being planned

 

Covering the ecology, biology, identification and surveying of Britain's solitary and bumblebees. Includes classroom and fieldwork elements. Tutor: David Goddard

£45 per person

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Phase I Habitat Surveys

Future dates currently being planned

This course covers the essential techniques required to assess wildlife habitats and sites using Phase I Habitat Surveys. Includes practical application of your new skills on the reserve. Tutor: Debbie Alston

£45 per person

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National Vegetation Classification

Future dates currently being planned

Learn about the background to the NVC, how it is used and can be interpreted, how to carry out an NVC survey and how to analyse data. Includes classroom and practical elements. Tutor: Debbie Alston

£45 per person

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Introduction to Poland's Vegetative Key

Future dates currently 

On this two-day course, learn how the Vegetative Key works, develop your knowledge of terminology, how to use the keys correctly, and gain confidence in identifying plants without flowers. Some knowledge of botany is assumed but limited understanding of using the Vegetative Key.

£45 per person

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Asteraceae - Getting to Grips with Dandelion Look-alikes

Future dates currently being planned

Learn about the key features of the asteraceae (daisy) family, develop your knowledge of the key features of dandelion look-alikes, use a range of keys to assess genera, and gain confidence in identifying dandelion look-alikes. Some knowledge of botany/botanical terms is assumed.

£45 per person

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Introduction to Bryophytes

Future dates currenty bein planned

 

Learn the principles of bryophyte and moss identification, ecology and biology, focussing on the larger, more common species.

£45 per person

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To book

Tel: 0115 972 1777
Online: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop

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Feedback from previous Wildlife Training Courses

Winter Bird Identification (February 2017) 
"Excellent day. Informative, great tips for better birding. Lots of opportunities and time to spot birds." Jo Dixon

"Enjoyable and informative. Well paced." Bill Askew

Bat Identification and Surveying (September 2016)
"Angelina was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Was lovely to be able to experience live bat being handled, it made my whole evening." June Ellerly

Introduction to Microscopy (October 2016)
"I enjoyed the combination of classwork and collecting samples." Julie

"Tom's presentation was well-balanced for the wide range of capabilities from junior to senior." Tony Cooper

Poland's Vegetative Key Advanced Course (July 2016)
"Excellent - gave me confidence in using the Poland Key on a wide range of species. Very well explained and well paced. Demystified much of the terminology which is off-putting initially." Esther Pawley

Introduction to Wildflowers (July 2016)
"An excellent day. Facilitator was knowledgable, friendly, apporachable. Well organised, delivered a well planned and clear course. Programme aimed at the right level. The venue - excellent." Ali Hill

Dawn Chorus Walk (May 2016)
" thought it would be too much for me, but it was just the right pace with lots of stops. Information about the birds was clear and he never minded repeating things." Judith Harrigan

"I really enjoyed the morning and feel like I learnt a lot of new information about birds. The leaders were very passionate and keen to help and answer questions." Calley Keetley

Winter Tree Identification (February 2016)
"Very enjoyable and informative. Makes me want to learn more about trees! Large proportion of practical, hands on element was very helpful. Angelena's enthusiasm was very infectious. The course is excellent value!"

"Angelena was very organised, well prepared with plenty of specimens for us to practise on... Although it was very cold outside, she had our attention and was aware of everyone's questions." Dinah Wilcox