Training Workshops

Coronavirus Update

In line with Government guidelines on Covid-19, all in-person training workshops have been cancelled, for 2020.

All participants booked onto affected training workshops have been contacted on e-mail by the Training Workshops Officer.

Obviously this situation is rapidly changing, so please keep an eye on our website for updates.

New for 2020 - Online training workshops

We are now hosting on-line training sessions using Microsoft Teams Live. Keep an eye on the website for a new timetable of online events as they are added over the coming weeks.


Discover & Learn

Do you want to get closer to your local wildlife, develop your natural history skills and learn about what special wildlife you have right on your doorstep?


Get involved with others

The workshops are run in a relaxed atmosphere and are a great way to meet like-minded people.

Where are the workshops held?

They are held at some of the best wildlife sites in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire.

The trainers are enthusiastic local naturalists, who are more than willing to share their vast knowledge with workshop participants.

All you need is an interest in your local wildlife and a passion to learn!


Please contact us on 07793 606026 or email



From amphibians, birds and small mammals, our vertebrate training courses offer an insight into some of our most iconic species. These workshops should improve your field skills for surveying and monitoring vertebrates such as raptors, bats, small mammals and birds.

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From hoverflies to solitary bees, water beetles, butterflies, spiders, solitary wasps and ground beetles discover the fascinating world of invertebrates. A wide range of workshops covering identification, basic ecology and monitoring of invertebrates.

A new training course for 2020 is Identification of Flatworms and Leeches with Richard Chadd and Alex Pickwell at Ramsey Heights in Cambridgeshire. 

See all Invertebrates workshops


Explore the wonderful world of plants from wildflower identification to learning more about grasses and trees. Primarily concerned with teaching wildflower identification skills both indoors and in the field.

Our introductory workshops are ideal for beginners looking to brush up their skills. New for 2020 are the Vegetative Grasses, Introduction to Umbellifers and Heaths and their Wildflowers workshops. See the list of all botany training courses for dates and times of upcoming workshops.

See all Botany workshops

Lower plants and fungi

Learn more about lower plants. A small number of introductory workshops concerned with the identification and basic ecology of liverworts, ferns, horsetails and fungi.

See all Lower plants and fungi workshops

Practical and Introductory courses

Learn practical conservation skills or try an introductory course.


Following the success last year of the 2-day Trail Cameras for Wildlife workshop with Henry Stanier in the Great Fen, we are running another during 2020.

Basic Ecology Skills

Due to popular demand we are re-running the Basic Ecology Skills workshops - Basic Ecology Skills - BES 1 Species and Habitats and BES 2 Habitat Management and Monitoring

Meadow Ecology and Conservation

Due to its success during the previous two years, we are re-running this workshop which focuses on the ecology and conservation of floodplain meadows and includes site visits to two meadows in Northamptonshire.

New for 2020

The Answer Lies in the Soil, an introduction to soils with a particular emphasis on how different soil properties influence plants and crops they support.

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Wildlife Training Workshops coming up...

Silver-washed fritillary - Gamlingay Wood NR - Sarah Lambert