Introduction to British Amphibians

Course Details

An introduction to the basics of British Amphibian identification and ecology, this course will combine classroom-based discussion covering theory and practical sessions to apply skills in searching and identification. Please note that although wildlife law, legislation and survey techniques will be touched upon as part of this course, it will not be the main focus. By the end of this one-day course participants will have carried out at least three different surveying methods, be able to identify British native amphibian species, have a broad understanding of issues relating to amphibian legislation and recognise key terrestrial habitat requirements.

Course Fee includes FSC foldout chart A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Ireland.

Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.


James Bromhead is FSC London Region Assistant Education Team Leader based at Epping Forest Field Centre and has a wealth of experience teaching groups of all ages and abilities freshwater ecology courses as well as delivering a variety of surveying sessions for the Centre.


  • 0930 Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome & Introductions
  • 10:15 Classroom: Introduction to the days topics • Britain’s 7 native amphibians • differing survey techniques to be used on course
  • 10:45 Fieldwork: • Pond dipping and terrestrial refuge practicals • ID workshop •
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Classroom work: • Amphibian legislation • HSI (Habitat Suitability Index)
  • 13:30 Fieldwork: • HSI fieldwork and calculations • Conservation scenarios • Remediation and translocation issues
  • 15:30 Classroom discussion and wrap up
  • 16:00 Course ends.

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to Bring:

  • Packed Lunch
  • weather appropriate outdoor clothing

If you have them:

  • wellington boots

Health & Safety and Accessibility:

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

Meeting Point / Location:

FSC Epping Forest, Pauls Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF

FSC in Epping Forest:

FSC Epping Forest is situated in the heart of Epping Forest and manages the field centre on behalf of the City of London since its opening in 1971. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the forest is nationally important for wildlife and offers a wide range of learning opportunities.

How to Apply

To book a place on this course, please visit the FSC website or contact the centre directly on 020 8502 8500.

Please mention when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

23rd March 2019 at 10:00am




Field Studies Council




Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


Epping Forest, Essex, United Kingdom