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Learn, Explore, Protect 

Qualiteach Education & Ecology Training delivers training for professional ecologists and for beginners in the field. We believe in fostering curiosity in the natural environment; nurturing enquiring minds and supporting people to reach their potential. Learning about the natural world engenders an understanding and respect for habitats, threats and conservation. Personal development through updating, improving or learning new skills is an important step towards becoming part of a wider network, dedicated to conserving our wildlife and helping to prevent further extinctions.

Outdoor learning and botanical, pond surveys and water quality testingWe provide online botanical and ecological training courses for individuals, education centres (schools, colleges and universities), conservation volunteers, professionals and graduates throughout the UK (online and taught). Part of our professional training includes delivering one and two day courses for CIEEM. We also deliver illustrated talks to community groups, organisations and societies within and around Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales and provide advice to schools on how to deliver fun and informative talks to encourage Learning Outside the Classroom. We conduct botanical and habitat surveys for domestic, commercial and conservation sectors and specialise in ponds, indicator vegetation and water quality.  We also provide training in marine mammal identification and ecology.


Check out recent botanical finds on our blog page.


Professional Training Courses (CIEEM - Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management) - 2022


Professional Training Courses (CIEEM) - 2022

These beginners/intermediate courses are open to CIEEM members and non-members and are suitable for anyone wishing to gain confidence  in a variety of ecological and/or botanical subjects. This may include land managers, local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens, rangers or conservation volunteers who need to gain botanical ID skills in order to conduct surveys and record species for conservation charities.

Lorna is delivering two day training courses via remote delivery on the following dates (please note that clicking the course links below will direct you to the CIEEM website):



Course Title


6th & 7th October 2022

Plant Identification & Botanical Keys

10am - 1pm both days

13th & 14th October 2022

Using the NVC - Plant Communities and Habitats

10am - 1pm both days

24th & 25th October 2022

Plants, Relationships and Phytoremediation

10am - 1pm both days

27th & 28th October 2022

The Importance of Meres and Mosses

10am - 1pm both days

December 2022

Plant Identification & Botanical Keys

10am - 1pm both days


Contact for more details or to register

Distance Learning Training Courses - 2022 / 2023


 We provide online botanical and ecological training courses for individuals, education centres (schools, colleges and universities), conservation volunteers, professionals and graduates throughout the UK (online and taught).

Our botanical courses are designed to help potential and existing botanists improve identification skills, using both common and notoriously difficult specimen plants as examples to key out. At the end of the course, you will be able to confidently use botanical keys and key out most plants, down to family and species level.

We specialise in online botany and ecology training courses and also provide training in
Marine mammal identification and recording and Blue Carbon and Climate



Click here to see our online botany and ecology training courses


Biological Recording & Botanical Surveys


We conduct botanical and habitat surveys for domestic, commercial and conservation sectors and specialise in ponds, indicator vegetation and water quality. We cover North West England and North Wales.



Click here to see our biological recording and survey services


We specialise in wetland and pond vegetation & water quality testing within and around Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales. We provide botanical and water quality testing survey services for landowners, conservation charities and organisations and provide a detailed report on flora, water quality and ecology. We also provide pond surveys for schools. If your school has a wildlife pond contact us for information about our services. We also conduct wildflower and wetland vegetation surveys. If your school has a wildlife area or is planning to create one, get in touch to see how we can help.


Click here for more information on our botanical surveying services


Assessment Advisory Services


Lorna is an Assessment Specialist (National Curriculum subjects) and an assessment advisor for creating robust and rigorous assessments. Roles include examiner, writer, analyst and moderator. Lorna is a full member of the Society for Education and Training and has a Cert. Ed, QTLS, assessor and verifier qualifications. Lorna has written training resources for terrestrial and marine courses and also collaborated on assessment projects with environmental groups.


Illustrated Talks for Groups and Societies



Illustrated talks and lecturesPlant science, botany, ornithology, trees, river & pond ecology, tracking.....and more!


We give talks and lectures in and around Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales on a variety of subjects ranging from ecological, environmental, ornithological, botanical, ponds and tracking. Please contact us to book us for  an illustrated talk for your group.


We are available for booking as speakers for clubs, societies or schools.



Outdoor Learning for Schools



School consultany for learning outdoorsWe can help primary schools, academies and training centres in Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales enthuse and engage learners in traditional and non-traditional outdoor learning environments. We provide consultancy services which show teachers how to incorporate botany, ponds, tracking, recycling with media technology and computer science into the school curriculum.  We can show you how to use natural resources such as wild areas and ponds to help integrate Learning Outside the Classroom activities into the curriculum.


Click here for more information on our school consultancy services.


Educational Resources



Botanical and ecological training resources

We provide educational training resources for individuals and training centres in botany and plant science, ecology and the natural environment.


We also provide school training resources to TES an online resource platform for teachers.



Click here to go to our educational training resources page


To talk with Richard or Lorna about enrolling on our online botanical or ecological training courses, delivering an illustrated talk for your group,  providing ecological survey services or to consult with us about out Outdoor Learning services call 07743712020 or email us.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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Qualiteach Education est. 2010
Our staff at Qualiteach Education & Ecology Training (formerly Qualiteach Education) are (collectively or individually) members of the Society for Education and Training (SET), BSBI, the National Biodiversity Network, the Forest Education Network (hosted by the CLOtC), SE-ed (Sustainability and Environmental Education), the Sustainable Schools Alliance and the FSC Biodiversity Fellowship.




 We are also proud to support Plantlife and the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, the Freshwater Habitat's Trust, the Species Recovery Trust and the Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Previous customers include book shops, schools (Sixth form, Grammar, Specialist, Academies), colleges (independent, Community, Technical, Sixth Form, councils and training centres throughout the UK. Our customers, to whom we've provided resources or advice, include:

Hamilton Lodge School ¦ North East Lincolnshire Council Community Learning Services ¦ Lincolnshire County Council ¦ Essex County Council ¦Wolverley CE School ¦ Flixton Girls' High School ¦ Felpham Community College ¦ Dorcan Technology College ¦ Range High School ¦ Saint John Wall Catholic School ¦ King Edward VI College ¦ Bentley Wood High School ¦ Myton School ¦ Bilborough College ¦ Longcroft School & Performance Arts College ¦ St Gregory The Great Catholic School ¦ The County High School, Leftwich ¦ Wellacre Technology College ¦ Alexandra High School and Sixth Form Centre ¦ The Leventhorpe School ¦ Waldegrave School for Girls ¦Holgate Meadows Community School ¦ City of Wolverhampton College ¦ The Healing Academy ¦ Bertram Books ¦ Blackwell's University Bookshop ¦ Blackwell Business Services Liverpool ¦ Brynteg Books LLP ¦ Hopkins Book Service ¦LCL International Booksellers ¦ Brookfield House School ¦ Cornwall County Council ¦ Gardners Books ¦ Dawsons Books ¦ Coutts Information Services Ltd ¦ Kingsford Community College ¦ Working Men's College ¦ Burnham Grammar School ¦ Stockton Riverside College ¦ Edgecliff High School ¦ Turner Books ¦ Northbrook College Sussex ¦ City College Birmingham ¦ North West Kent College ¦ Canon Slade School ¦ Adams' Grammar School ¦ GEMS Education, Sherfield Shool ¦ Maidenhill School ¦ South Essex College ¦ Peter Symonds College ¦ David's Bookshop ¦ BSix Sixth Form College ¦Ealing Independent College ¦ Ludlow College ¦ South Tyneside College ¦ North Warwickshire and Hinckley College ¦ Turner Books ¦ St Clement's High School ¦ Hipperholme Grammar School ¦ Hopkins Books ¦ Chichester College ¦ Glossopdale Community College ¦ Spalding The Priory School ¦ St George's School, Newport ¦ Brookfield House School ¦ Nelson and Colne College ¦ Staffordshire County Council ¦ Leicester College ¦ The Mount Camphill Community ¦ Wroxton Business Centre ¦ Harrogate Pupil Referral Service ¦ College of West Anglia ¦





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