Ecology Training Courses 2018

Ecology Training Courses 2018

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Starting in spring, Acer Ecology will be running a whole range of wildlife courses throughout South Wales and beyond. The Ecology Training Courses 2018 are aimed at anyone with an interest in local wildlife but could also be useful for undergraduates and postgraduates students or for anybody currently or intending to work in ecological consultancy or for environmental organisations. Whether you’re interested in identifying the wild plants that you encounter during walks in the countryside, the newts in your local pond or the birds visiting the feeder, the ecology training courses will have something for you.

Courses coming up:

Barn Owl CourseBarn Owls: Ecology, Survey Methods and Mitigation – 17th June 2018 (Course will take place in Keynsham, Somerset)

The barn owl course will provide an introduction to the ecology, conservation value and legislation affection barn owls. The course will review data sources and limitations, survey methodologies and survey protocols. The course will include a field session which will look at roost features in buildings and in trees and will enable participants to see different types of nest sites. The course will be taught by Ed Drewitt, takes place in Keynsham in Somerset and costs £75.00.

This course is aimed at anybody currently or intending to work in ecological consultancy  or undertake voluntary roost visits providing bat mitigation advice to developers or householders. The course will include information about different types of mitigation, mitigation for roost loss including  different roost types (e.g. maternity, hibernation, night roosts etc), mitigating for loss of habitat, species-specific mitigation (e.g. for horseshoes, long-eared bats, pipistrelles etc.), lighting considerations, roof membranes and examples of successful and unsuccessful approaches. The course will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay. The course runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm,costs £40.00 inclusive of VAT and will be taught by Erika Dahlberg. 

bat explorer courseUsing Bat Explorer – 18th July 2018 – Evening Course

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, and aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to use the BatExplorer software to analyse recordings. The course costs £40.00 including VAT and will be taught by Bat Explorer expert Erika Dahlberg. The course will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. 

QGIS Evening Course 23rd July 2018 QGIS Training Course

This evening course provides an introduction to the use of QGIS. The course will explain explain how QGIS software can be used to map sites and specifically teach participants to use the QGIS software. The course runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm and costs £40.00 per person, inclusive of VAT. 

Bat Survey DevonBat Ecology and Conservation – 25th July 2018 – Evening Course
The course will provide an introduction to bat biology, ecology and conservation. During the course participants will learn about the different UK species, range and distribution, taxonomy and evolution, physiological adaptations, life histories, foraging ecology, life cycle and roosting requirements, flight and reproduction, echolocation, feeding, roosting, hibernation, bats and the law, threats to bats and bat conservation. The course costs £40 per person inclusive of VAT and will be run by Acer Ecology staff at our office in Cardiff Bay. The course runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. 

 

Phase 1 Habitat SurveyPhase 1 Habitat Survey Course September 29th 2018

The Phase 1 Habitat Survey course will introduce participants to the phase 1 methodology to classify habitats. There will be both indoor and outdoor sessions where we will undertake a phase 1 habitat survey. The course will be delivered by Acer Ecology and will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay. The course runs from 10.00am until 4.30pm and costs £50.00 inclusive of VAT.

QGIS Training CourseIntroduction to QGIS for Ecologists 6th and 7th October 2018

The course will provide an introduction to the use of QGIS. The course is suitable for beginners toGIS, those looking to refresh their skills or those looking to migrate to QGIS software..The two-day course will take be taught by Matt Davies of Maplango in our office in Cardiff Bay and costs £150.00.

Course Booking

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – please bring your own packed lunch.
  • The courses will be partly field based and so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • All attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Courses Already Taken Place:

arc gis ecologyPhase 1 and QGIS Course 4th February 2018

This one day course comprise of Phase One Habitat survey methods on the morning and QGIS training in the afternoon. In the morning participants will be introduced to the Phase One Habitat Survey methodology used frequently by ecologists to classify habitats and undertake some phase 1 mapping in the filed. During the afternoon, we will use QGIS software to produce phase 1 maps of sites that we have looked at in the morning. The course will be delivered by Acer Ecology in Cardiff Bay. The cost of the course is £50 per person inclusive of VAT.

bat survey winterBat Hibernation Evening Course – 5th February 2018

This course will introduce participants to bat ecology throughout their annual cycle, with an emphasis on the hibernation period. Participants will gain an understanding of the physiology of bat hibernation, as well as learning about the optimal hibernation sites and which factors play crucial roles at providing an optimal environment for hibernation. The course will present different survey techniques used for hibernating bats and describe how to discover hibernating bats in buildings.The cost of the course is £10 per person inclusive of VAT.

bs5837 tree surveyWinter Tree Identification – 10th February 2018

This one-day winter tree identification course aims to introduce you to the key characters used in the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs. Emphasis will be placed on key characters to distinguish each species from similar looking trees. The course is aimed at the keen beginner and skills enhancer alike and provides an introduction to winter tree identification. The course will involve both an indoor and outdoor sessions and will be taught by local expert Hayley Barratt. The cost of the course is £15 per person.

Bat Survey EnfieldPreliminary Roost Assessments of Buildings for Bats – 17th March 2018

The preliminary roost inspection course will provide an introduction to undertaking roost inspections in buildings. The course will cover bat identification (using visual characteristics only), undertaking building inspections, assessing roost suitability, identification of bat droppings and other signs of bats, species roosting requirements, assessing hibernation potential and architectural terms. The course costs £75.00 and will take place in Usk, Monmouthshire.

Dormouse Survey WorcesterDormouse Ecology – 7th March 2018

The course provides an introduction to dormouse ecology and the survey methods used for the species, including nut searches, the use of nest-tubes, nest boxes and nest identification. The course will consider how dormice can affect developments and will consider legal issues, planning, mitigation design and licensing. Advice will be given on the steps that participants can take to work towards a dormouse survey licence. The course costs £10.00 and will take place in Acer Ecology’s Cardiff Bay office from 17:30 until 20:30.

great crested newt survey forest of deanGreat Crested Newt Course – 4th April 2018 – Evening Course

The Great Crested Newt course covers an introduction to species identification of great crested newts and other UK newt species, great crested newt ecology, survey planning and survey methods, legislation and mitigation. The course will be entirely classroom based and will be taught by Paul Hudson of Acer Ecology in our Cardiff Bay office. The cost of the course is £10 per person inclusive of VAT.

Bat Survey WantageIntroduction to Bat Detectors Course – 14th April 2018 – Evening Course

The course is designed for amateur or new bat surveyors who would like to learn or improve their bat surveying skills. The course will be delivered by Acer Ecology ecologists and will be held partly at our office in Cardiff Bay and partly at Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve. The course will run from between 7.00pm until 10.30pm and will be taught by Acer Ecology staff member Lea Likozar. The course costs £10.00 inclusive of VAT.

bat sound analysis courseAnabat Training Course 14th April 2018

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, and aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to use the Analook software to analyse recordings and present the findings of automated surveys using the Anabat Express bat detector. The course costs £110.00 and will be taught by Anabat expert Nick Tomlinson.

Bats in Trees Evening Course – 30th April 2018

The course will give participants an understanding of the tree roosting bat species and the features and trees in which they roost. Part of the course will go through the survey methodology of how to conduct ground level tree assessments for bats. This will give participants the ability to identify potential bat roosting features and to spot features which are occupied by roosting bats. The course will include a short outdoor workshop on endoscope use. The course will take place in Cardiff from 18:00 to 21:00 and will cost £10 inclusive of VAT.

Reptile Survey BerkeleyReptile: Ecology, Survey and Mitigation Course – 16th May 2018

This reptile course is designed for beginners and amateur surveyors. The course will cover the identification and ecology of UK reptiles, how to survey them, and how developments may mitigate against reptiles. This course will delivered by Rebecca Cresswell-Davies and Mell Sweeney of Acer Ecology and held at the Acer Ecology office. The course will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay. There will also be a chance to go out into the Cardiff Bay area to assess the habitats for reptiles. The course runs from 6pm until 9pm and costs £10 inclusive of VAT.