Ecology of the UK

Level 3 Diploma in Ecology of the UK
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Ecology of the UK course


Ecology of the UK introduces the wide and varied ecology of the British Isles. It includes the unique habitat of Ancient woodlands, the man-made habitat of the Norfolk Broads and the Arctic-Alpine environment of the Scottish Highlands. 


You will also learn about concepts of ecology and species distribution as underpinning knowledge of how ecology works. 


Like the Ecology level 3 training course, Ecology of the UK is excellent preparation for a career in ecology and wildlife conservation, habitat management and conservation and further study at higher education. The course is suitable for local wildlife trusts and CPD.

Course fee:


Full fee £435.00 start this course for £43.50


Instalments: these are made by standing order at  £43.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course. Click here for payment options including PayPal, card, instalments and bank transfer.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

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Unit 1

Unit 1 Concepts of Ecology

  • Habitat, ecosystem, nutrient cycles, biomes

  • Abiotic biotic factors, food chain food webs, niches

  • Keystone species, pyramids: number, biomass

  • Producers, consumers, trophic levels

Unit 2

Unit 2 Diversity and Distribution

  • Genetic diversity, variation, species richness

  • Distribution of species

  • Factors affecting distribution

  • Population change - Biston betularia

  • Investigations into habitat choice

Unit 3

Unit 3 Ancient Woodlands (I)

  • 12, 000 years BP

  • Origin of ancient woodlands

  • Purpose and human management

  • Examples


Unit 4

Unit 4 Ancient Woodlands (II)

  • Ancient woodland structure

  • Ground flora

  • Tree species

  • Coppicing

Unit 5

Unit 5 Freshwater - the Norfolk Broads

  • A man-made habitat

  • Purpose and human management

  • Eutrophication

  • A national park

Unit 6

Unit 6 Scottish Highlands

  • Ice-age refugia for Arctic-Alpine vegetation

  • Distribution and diversity

  • Fragility

  • Conservation

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Ecology of the UK is accredited by UK Rural Skills | study ancient woodland structure | the Norfolk Broads | Scottish highlands ecology, norfolk broads, ancient woodlands, Scottish highlands,