Introduction to QGIS for Ecologists 6th and 7th October 2018

Course Overview

QGIS is a freely available open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) that matches the functionality and usability of commercial products like MapInfo and ArcGIS. It has been adopted by governments, businesses and NGOs around the world.


Day 1

• Introduction to QGIS – releases, plugins, interface.
• GIS fundamentals – projections, data types etc.
• Building maps and viewing data – loading data and adjusting map display.
• Creating new data – digitising.
• Presenting maps – creating a map template with logo, key, scalebar etc.

Day 2

• Sourcing map layers – where to find data to use in QGIS.
• Importing information from GPS and biological records from Tom bio.
• Making grid maps.
• Queries – spatial and attribute queries (e.g. to measure the area of habitat).
• Buffering.
• Nearest neighbour analysis.


• A WiFi-enabled laptop, with mouse and charger, pre-installed with QGIS long-term release – currently version 2.18
• You will need to provide your own food and drink, although, tea and coffee will be provided.
• Full joining instructions will be provided ahead of the course.

The course costs £150.00 for the two-day course.

Please email us on for more information and on how to enrol.

Please click below to see our other upcoming courses.

2018 Ecology Courses

Acer Evening QGIS Course

Acer Combined Phase 1 and QGIS Day Course

Acer QGIS Day Course

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