This year 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, our ecology training courses will have something for you.
Courses coming up:
EPS Licensing Application Course – 16th August 2018 – Evening Course
This course will provide an overview of the EPS licensing system in England and Wales. This course is aimed at anyone looking to learn more about the EPS licensing system, with focus on bats. This course will discuss the laws which govern the EPS licence, the training requirements before applying for a personal license, project licenses and onsite works. There will be a discussion regarding the differences between the process in Natural Resources Wales and Natural England. This evening course will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay. The course will run from 6pm to 9pm and costs £40 inclusive of VAT.
Phase 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.
Introduction 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 to GIS, 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.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was 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 included 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 took place in our office in Cardiff Bay. The course runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm,costs £40.00 inclusive of VAT and was taught by Erika Dahlberg.
This course, which is aimed at 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
This evening course provides an introduction to the use of QGIS. The course will 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.
The Phase 1 introductory course will provide an informative introduction into Phase 1 habitat surveys. The course will begin with a presentation on Phase 1 technique and habitats before moving outside to use the techniques you have learnt on fieldwork sites around Cardiff Bay. This evening course will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay. The course runs from 6pm until 9pm and costs £15 inclusive of VAT.
Bat Survey Methods Course – 9th August 2018 – Evening Course
This course will provide an introduction to survey methods used for bats. The course will cover health and safety considerations, equipment, preliminary roost assessments, bat activity surveys (such as transect surveys and dusk emergence/dawn re-entry surveys). This evening course will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay, with the potential go out into Cardiff bay area to look at roosting potential of nearby buildings. The course will run from 6pm to 9pm and costs £40 inclusive of VAT.