Available courses

Introduction to UK Natural History is a four week online course which will introduce some of the fundamental principals and practices of modern amateur natural history. Currently the focus of the course is on life sciences, principally entomology and botany, but it is hoped that over time this will develop and options will be offered in subjects including Geology and Paleontology to broaden the scope and appeal of the course. 

The four weeks have been divided thematically as follows:

Week 1: Introduction to Natural History

Week 2: Introduction to Botany

Week 3: Introduction to Entomology

Week 4: Developing skills in Natural History. 

For the duration of the course you are required to keep a Naturalists Journal, a copy of which should be submitted electronically at the end of the course, along with details of biological records submitted to an appropriate national or local recording scheme. 

A short training course on the identification of the UK's amphibians and suitable survey techniques. 

Please note, this course is not associated with training towards a Great Crested Newt Licence (GCN-EPSL), and no status as such should be inferred from attendance, however advice on training towards this can be requested. 

Please do not share course materials outside of the course, these have been developed specifically for the Wildlife Garden volunteers and trainees and are the property of the Natural History Museum, London.