Animal Care

Wildlife: Ways to Attract and Identify Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

Saturday 2 July 2022 This is a two-day course. The first day will be delivered 9.30am-3.30pm at Wigfield Farm. The second day of activities can be completed in your own time at home.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

You will achieve

This is not an accredited course. You will receive a Barnsley College certificate of achievement.

Course overview

If you’re interested in wildlife and want to be the next David Attenborough, then our Ways to Attract and Identify Wildlife course is the perfect place to start!

Course content

On this two-day course, you will study a range of modules, including:

  • Introduction to health and safety
  • How to identify wildlife in your garden
  • Signs of wildlife in your garden
  • How to increase wildlife in your garden
  • Wildlife safety in your garden
  • Species specific feeding
  • Species specific shelter
  • Species specific water
  • Supporting endangered species

Day 1: (studied at Wigfield Farm)

  • A taught session on developing identification skills
  • Practical wildlife identification
  • Practical identification of signs of wildlife
  • Practical wildlife survey techniques, including camera trapping
  • A taught session on feeding, water and shelter for a range of native species
  • A taught session on wildlife safety in your garden and supporting the species which need it most
  • Practical: construct your own bird box/bee house

Day 2: (Studied at home)

  • Identify and record the species already in your garden
  • Practical garden tidy up (before and after pictures are encouraged)
  • Create your first wildlife corner (before and after pictures are required)
  • Complete a wildlife survey in your local area

There is no formal assessment.

You will be provided with binoculars, although feel free to bring your own if you prefer. You will also receive a wildlife identification booklet for free, which includes a step-by-step guide to creating a wildlife haven in any garden.

As the course is studied outside, please bring a coat, and wear long trousers and a top with long sleeves. You’ll need to wear study footwear such as walking boots/trainers or similar and long hair needs to be tied back.

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

We offer a range of animal-related courses that can be studied part-time. Visit our Animal Care or Adult and Part-time pages to find your next course.

How much does the course cost?

If you do not hold a full Level 3 qualification the course will be free of charge. If you do hold a full Level 3 qualification, the course will be co-funded by the College and the remaining course fee is £75. This will be payable on your first day and it can be paid at the till in the Farm café.

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wildlife: Ways to Attract and Identify Part-time

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