TVERC training

TVERC provides training for habitat and species surveys, biological recording and identification and in the use of GIS. 

As well as an annual training programme of courses we can also offer bespoke training

TVERC Training Course Programme

TVERC training courses help train volunteers to improve their identification and recording skills. These introductory training courses are run by expert ecologists and aimed at beginners. The courses generally involve both indoor and outdoor sessions.

TVERC Training Programme 2018 (PDF)

We have one remaining course this year:

Otter Ecology and Surveying
Saturday 15th September 10am to 4pm
RSPB Office, Beckley / Otmoor nature reserve

* FULLY BOOKED - email us if you would like to be added to the waiting list *

An introduction to the ecology of otters, covering their distribution, diet and behaviour. You will learn about key field signs to look out for and the methods used to survey for otters. The morning session will be at the RSPB office in Beckley, followed by an afternoon walking around Otmoor nature reserve looking for signs of otters.

Bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Course fees: individual £60 / professional £120 / student £30*

*There are limited student places, given on a first come first served basis. Proof of student status will be required at time of booking.

Tea and coffee are provided but you will need to bring your own lunch. 


Please note that refunds will not be made on cancellations made less than one month before the course. Courses may be cancelled if insufficient numbers book onto the course. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we need to cancel and arrange course fees to be reimbursed.

TVERC Bespoke Training Provision on Request

TVERC can also offer bespoke training on a wide variety of topics and methodologies for organisations, planned and developed in discussion with your organisation to suit your specific requirements and timings. This may be a one-off workshop for your team or group, but could also include supporting and developing wider projects to train people in biological recording and surveying skills.

For a case study example of a bespoke TVERC training package see training local people as part of the Newbury Renewal Project. To discuss your own ideas and requirements for tailored TVERC training, please contact