Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019



Conducted by BNHS Conservation Education Centre (CEC), Mumbai

(Admission date extended to 25 May 2018)


BNHS CEC is happy to announce the admissions for Basic Course in Herpetology (study of reptiles and amphibians) for the year 2018–19. The course includes inaugural and wrap-up camps, field visits around Mumbai and field camps to various habitats across India.


What is BCH and what are its benefits?

  • An online hybrid course
  • Duration is three months (June 2018 to August 2018)
  • Covers topics such as identification, morphology, behaviour, importance of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Project work
  • Field camps and field visits
  • Certificate from BNHS after successful completion


Who can enrol?

  • Anyone with an interest in reptiles and amphibians of India
  • Basic qualification is Class 10 (any board)


What are the course deliverables?

The course includes extensive notes, field visits with experts and online assignments. A detailed break-up of the course deliverables is as follows:

  • Chapters: Every month, one chapter is sent to the participants.
  • Field visits and reports: A total of 3 half-day field visits will be conducted near Mumbai during the course duration, out of which two are compulsory. A brief report on each field visit must be submitted as part of the monthly assignment submission document. Participants staying away from Mumbai (in other parts of Maharashtra or in other states) can instead visit a similar habitat near their location, on their own.
  • Field camps and reports: One inaugural session, one wrap-up session and two field camps will be organised. Field camps are conducted in various habitats across India. Participants are required to attend at least one field camp and the inaugural camp.After each camp, a report must be submitted as part of the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Online research: To learn in greater detail about herpetology in India, its research, conservation and awareness work, participants are expected to refer to scientific papers, articles, news, discussions, documentaries etc. available online, and submit abstracts of the same in the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Project work: This is an integral part of the course and involves submitting a project report every month. Every project will focus on a theme and the report will be based on the relevant observations/study in one’s chosen locality. The final project report and the presentation at the end of the year will be an amalgamation of the monthly reports and a practical action plan for one’s locality.


What is the course fee structure?

The tuition fee is Rs. 8,000/- which includes BNHS expertise and refreshments in the inaugural and wrap-up sessions. The field camps at other locations are charged separately. BNHS members and students can avail 10% discount on the course fee only.


How to apply?

Interested individuals can email BNHS at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ’ for the registration form and payment details. Last date for registration is 25 May 2018 (limited sits available).For further details, please call on 022-22821811 or 9594953425 between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.