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.

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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

Summer Bird Identification Walk

10th June 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of summer birds using sight and sound. Book all three summer walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Summer Bird Identification Walk

1st July 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of summer birds using sight and sound. Book all three summer walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Summer Bird Identification Walk

5th August 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of summer birds using sight and sound. Book all three summer walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification Walk

2nd September 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three autumn walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification Walk

7th October 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three autumn walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification Walk

4th November 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of autumn birds using sight and sound. Book all three autumn walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Autumn Bird Identification

8th October 2017
10am to 3pm

By the end of the day you'll have the confidence to identify both migrant and resident autumn birds. Includes lunch and an afternoon walk to exercise your new skills.

£35 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

2nd December 2017
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three winter walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

6th January 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three winter walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Winter Bird Identification Walk

3rd February 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of winter birds using sight and sound. Book all three winter walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Winter Bird Identification

14th January 2018
10am to 3pm

A day course that focuses on wildfowl, waders and winter visitors at Attenborough. You'll improve your birdwatching and winter bird identification skills.

£35 per person

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Spring Bird Identification Walk

3rd March 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound. Book all three spring walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Spring Bird Identification Walk

7th April 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound. Book all three spring walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Spring Bird Identification Walk

19th May 2018
9am to 11am

Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound. Book all three spring walks for £15.

£6 per person

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Bird Identification by Sight and Sound

22nd April 2018
10am to 3pm

By the end of the day you'll have the confidence to identify springtime birds. Includes lunch and an afternoon walk to exercise your new skills.

£35 per person

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Dawn Chorus Walk (with breakfast)

6th May 2018
5am to 8.30am

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)

13th May 2018
6.30am to 8.30am

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

23rd September 2017
4pm to 10pm

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

13th April 2018   |   27th April 2018
7pm to 10pm   |   7.30pm to 10.30pm

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

Identifying Trees in Leaf

20th May 2018
10am to 3pm

By the end of the day, you'll be able to identify common trees to species level with confidence.

£35 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

22nd July 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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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

11th February 2018
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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Other Skills

Fungi for Beginners

29th October 2017
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

10th June 2017
10am to 4pm

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

2nd July 2017
10am to 4pm

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

14th October 2017
10am to 4pm

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 (Summer)

3rd June 2017 | 1st July 2017
8am to 11am

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 including refreshments

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Introduction to Wildlife Photography (Autumn)

9th September 2017   |   7th October 2017   |   4th November 2017
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 (Winter)

2nd December 2017 | 13th January 2018 | 3rd February 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)

3rd March 2018 | April TBC 2018 | May TBC 2018
8am to 11am

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

11th June 2017
10am to 5pm

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

9th July 2017
10am to 5pm

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

10th July 2017
9am to 4pm

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

11th July 2017
9am to 4pm

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

29th and 30th July 2017
9.30am to 4.30pm

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

20th August 2017
9.30am to 4.30pm

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

5th November 2017
9.30am to 4.30pm

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