Ecology Training Courses 2019

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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 2019 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:

Introduction to QGIS – 13th January 2019 – Day CourseQGIS Training Course

This day course provides 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 day course will take be taught in our office in Cardiff Bay and costs £75.00 inclusive of VAT.

EPS Licensing Applications – 29th January 2019 – Evening Course
Bat Survey WantageThis course will provide an overview of the EPS licensing system in Wales and is aimed at anyone looking to learn more about the EPS licensing system, focussing specifically 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 on-site 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 and will run from 6.00pm to 9.00pm and costs £40.00 inclusive of VAT.

Identifying Barriers to Bats: The Power of Artificial Light and Sound Pollution – 25th February 2019 – Evening Course

Experiment (C) Jack MerrifieldThis course will provide a comprehensive review of how British bats are affected by artificial light and sound pollution, and aims to offer new insights based on recent, novel PhD research. This will be followed by an open discussion regarding the issues concerning artificial lighting and sound pollution when mitigating for bats in the context of current guidelines and best practice. This course is relevant for ecological consultants, urban planners and decision-makers, and students on Biological and Environmental Science pathways with an interest in bat ecology. The evening course will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay, and will be run by the expert Jack Merrifield. The course will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and costs £15.00.

arc gis ecologyPhase 1 and QGIS – 3rd March 2019 – Day Course

This one day course comprises Phase 1 Habitat survey followed by QGIS training. In the morning, participants will be introduced to the Phase 1 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 £75.00 per person inclusive of VAT. 

BatSound LogoAn Introduction to BatSound 4 Software – 7th April 2019 – Day

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to use the BatSound software to analyse recordings. The course costs £100.00 inclusive of VAT and will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 10.00am until 4.00pm. 

inkspaceUsing Inkspace – 23rd April – Evening Course

The course will provide an introduction to the use of Inkspace, an open source vector graphics editor. It can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. In ecological consultancies it can be used for phase 1 mapping, drawing sketches of bat mitigation, presenting roost assessment or dusk emergence and dawn re-entry survey results. The course costs £40.00 including VAT and will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. 

Using Bat Explorer – 24nd April 2019 – Evening Course bat explorer course

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, 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 take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. 

bat sound analysis courseAnabat – 25th April 2019 – Evening Course

This course, which is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, 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 £40.00 inclusive of VAT and will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. 

QGIS Course – 29th April 2019 – Evening CourseQGIS Training Course

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. 

Bat Survey WantageIntroduction to Bat Detectors Course and Bat Survey Methods – 30th April 2019 – 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 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 £15.00 inclusive of VAT. 

Phase 1 Habitat Survey Course – May 5th 2019 – Day Course
Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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 £75.00 inclusive of VAT.

Course Booking

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Please bring your own packed lunch for full day courses.
  • Some of the courses will be partly field based so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • All attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.
  • To enrol, or for further information, email us on enquiries@acerecology.co.uk.