Ecological Training

Ecological Foundation Training

Background: Ochil Ecological Training has perfected a course that has been designed to give you a comprehensive training to start a career in the environmental sector. Our team is made up of three ecologists with over ten years experience. The team have first hand experience with how hard it can be to get a job in ecology. We have collaborate to deliver you the course to help you get your foot in the door in this competitive industry.

The course will be delivered by Ally who has delivered the course for 3years. We have supported several people into their first roles in Ecology and Conservation. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch. We are excited to launch our course and help you get started.

All of our courses are currently conducted online (on demand or over zoom) except from our practical training weekend which will be held in May 2022.

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We have different packages available including online theory training, practical training weekend and DIY training courses available. You can select an of the packages, please follow the instructions carefully.

Ochil Ecological Training

Course Outline:

This course is to provide future ecologists or environmental sector workers with the foundation they need to succeed in ecological roles. The course is broken into three sections including theory including identification, legislation and mitigation, practical application and basic reporting. We conduct a C.V and cover letter workshop at the end of each theory weekend.

Learning outcome:

After completing this course, you will successfully be able to identify the protected species in the UK and have a foundation knowledge that you can apply to an ecological role. The course covers the identification and survey techniques of the protected species of the UK which you may need to survey. This also includes legislation, licensing, reporting and mitigation. The final part of the course covers office work and personalised job assistance. The course finishes with a short assessment.

The practical element reviews the different surveying techniques including videos where you can follow along and analyse what was found and how you might report this after surveying. This section also includes a break down for Botany. This part of the course is available online for you to complete at your own time. Our in person practical training will be held in central Scotland on May 28th and 29th 2022.

The job workshop will include job application, how to apply for license and charterships, where to get experience, cv and interview preparation.

About Ochil Ecological Training:

Ochil ecological training has collaborated with ecologists and scientists with over ten years of experience and expertise. We want to provide you with one affordable course which will stand out on your cv and give you the best head start for a job in the ecology or environmental sector.

What will you learn?

Modules include:

Event Dates:

Theory training, practical weekend and reporting package:

If you want to attend all three elements of our course you can purchase a bundle. This will include a training weekend of your choice for the theory course, a place on the practical weekend and exclusive access to the on demand reporting section. Please use the link below to book in. Please drop an email to confirm your training weekend preference at [email protected]

Payment: Can be made below. If you would prefer paypal or BACS please drop a message.

Ecological Training Course, Practical Weekend and Reporting Package.

Theory Training and CV workshop dates:

Online Training Theory Weekend - July 2nd and 3rd - 10am to 6pm - Saturday & Sunday
Online Course Theory Weekend August 20th & 21st - 10 am to 6pm (2 Days)
Practical Training Day - May 28th and 29th Muiravonside, Scotland.

Where: Online using the Ochil training software and in person sessions are conducted over Zoom.

On Demand Ecological Theory Training: If you cannot make any of the dates we have the courses available online for you to complete in your own time. These contain all the content with study exercises to help you. These are also available for anyone who attends the events.

On Demand Practical Surveying: Currently available at any time at

On Demand Report Writing for Beginners – Currently available at any time at

Where: Online using the Ochil training software and in person sessions are conducted over Zoom.

Training day: Central Scotland, May 28th and 29th 2022.

We will meet around 3pm to look at some day time surveys for active badger setts, Raptors, Squirrels, Beavers, break for tea and then meet before sunset for Newts and Bats conducting site walk overs and looking at an introduction to Botany. We have some spectacular locations planned for this event!

Further training including talks from Froglife will be available online where you can submit your assignment after the event.

You will need to have local accommodation, personal transport although car sharing will be available on a limited basis if you can get to Stirling and all weather clothing. We will be going out wind, rain or shine!

Further Information and schedule available via email Ally at [email protected]

What happened after Hayley completed the course?


Information: Ally at [email protected]