Gaining employment in nature conservation organisations and ecological consultancies can be difficult without any real experience of completing fieldwork or dealing with clients or the general public regardless of degree qualifications or other transferrable skills. Attending courses on the ecology of specific species or survey methodologies can be expensive and beyond the pocket of a job seeking or career changing would-be ecologist.

At Aquila Ecology we aim to provide affordable, practical and real-life scenario based training to help equip people with the skills they need to confidently apply for jobs in the conservation or ecological consultancy sectors.

Introduction to ecological survey skills - 2020 dates to be confirmed

We offer an intensive 4 day course (2 full days and 2 half days) in basic bunk-house style accommodation where you will be expected to work as a team to complete field-based tasks and will also be required to help with preparing meals and cleaning up. This helps to keep the cost of the training down but also prepares you for jobs where you may be sharing accommodation with other

Communications Skills in the Conservation Sector - dates by arrangement

Many of the advertised jobs within the conservation sector require applicants to have excellent communication skills to enable them to lead guided walks, sell memberships, give talks and train volunteers. This does not come naturally to everyone and these skills are rarely taught in schools and universities. Providing excellent customer service is also something that will be expected of anyone working on a nature reserve or as a Countryside

Schools and Communities

We can also provide training to schools and community groups wishing to complete their own surveys (Citizen Science) and for training to complete a specific community project. Activities can include: pond dipping; bat roost surveys; using bat detectors; river surveys; common lichen surveys; creating wildlife gardens and bee or butterfly walks.

Talks and Presentations

We can also deliver talks and presentations on request. Topics include:

  • Massacre on migration – this presentation illustrates the problems birds face on migration over places such as Malta and Cyprus and provides personal experiences of working in raptor protection camps.
  • Raptor Persecution – this presentation deals with some of the issues in our countryside with wildlife crime and focuses on how this impacts the populations of certain raptor species


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