Training Workshops

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 01604 774031 or email



From bats to dormice, 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 bats, dormice and birds. New for 2018 are Bat Sonogram Analysis with Aidan Matthews and Mammal Bone Identification with Richard Lawrence in Cambridgeshire.


From leafhoppers to longhorn beetles, dung beetles and sawflies, solitary wasps, solitary bees, weevils, soldier flies, mayflies and spiders discover the fascinating world of invertebrates. A wide range of workshops covering identification, basic ecology and monitoring of invertebrates.

Training courses for 2018 include pollinators and pollination, slugs and snails, an intermediate course on spiders, water bugs, mayfly and stonefly larvae, dung beetles, longhorn beetles, solitary bees and solitary wasps. 


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 2018 are Wildflowers of Chalk Grassland and Introduction to Tree Identification. See the list of all botany training courses for dates and times of upcoming workshops.

Lower plants and fungi

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

Practical and Introductory courses

Learn practical conservation skills or try an introductory course.


These hands-on workshops concentrate on practical skills such as hedgelaying and spoon carving.

New for this year is a Training the Trainer workshop with Brian Eversham at Cambourne.

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. In addition to these two workshops there is also an Introduction to Ecological Surveying workshop with Edgar Turner in Bedfordshire.

Art Workshops

New for 2018 are two art workshops suitable for all abilities with Kombisketchtour, tracking the changes in season with the exploration of flora and fauna through drawing.

Meadow Ecology and Conservation

Due to its success in 2017, 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.

Landscape and Geology of the Fens

Learn about the formation of the fenland landscapes, the changes over time and their associated fauna and flora, both past and present.

Wildlife Training Workshops coming up...

Silver-washed fritillary - Gamlingay Wood NR - Sarah Lambert