Ecology Training Courses 2013

We ran a series of ecology training courses in 2013 details of which can be found below. We are also running a series of similar ecology training courses in 2020.

The course will cover basic wildlife legislation that protects our native fauna and flora as well as providing practical advice and information on what to do when discovering a wildlife crime. Practical scenario based sessions will help reinforce the classroom based theory. The course will be delivered by retired Police Wildlife Crime Officer Ian Guildford.

great crested newt survey south wales

Great Crested Newts April 2013

The Great Crested Newt course covers an introduction to the legislation affecting great crested newts, species identification and ecology, survey planning, survey methods including opportunities to practice eDNA survey, netting,bottle trapping, and egg searching, undertaking Habitat Suitability Index assessments for great crested newt and great crested newt mitigation.  The course will take place from 9.00am until 9.00pm.

Grass Igrass identification coursedentification for Beginners – June 6th 2013
The Grass ID course is a focused training day during which we will look at the structure of grasses and learn to understand the terminology used in keys. We will then go into how to ID the more common species. The course will involve both indoor and outdoor sessions.

wildlife survey cardiffButterfly and Moth Identification – June 19th 2013

The  course will involve learning about how to survey for butterflies and moths and introduce  you to some of the common species. The course will be taught by local expert Dr. George Tordoff from Butterfly Conservation.

fern identification courseFern Identification – July 9th 2013
The fern identification course will involve learning how to identify the more common ferns found in Wales. In addition, there will be an introduction to the biology and ecology of ferns. The course will be taught by Professor Barry Thomas of Aberystwyth University.

japanese knotweed courseJapanese Knotweed Ecology and Control – September 11th 2013
The Japanese Knotweed course will look at identifying the different types of knotweed found in Wales (hybrids, giant, etc) and will discuss the pros and cons of current available control strategies including new research and advances. The course will be taught by Sean Hathaway, a Japanese knotweed expert.

Peregrine Falcon: Ecology, Survey Methods and Mitigation – 19th May 2013peregrine-course

The peregrine falcon course will provide participants with an understanding of peregrine ecology, current conservation status and threats. In particular, the course aims to provide examples of effective survey, timings and precautions in respect of development and mitigation examples. The course will take place in Cardiff and will cost £75. 

bird survey south wales

Bird Survey Techniques – 16th June 2013

The bird survey techniques course will look at the a range of different bird survey techniques including winter bird counts, roost counts, next box monitoring, vantage point surveys (for wind turbines) and breeding bird surveys. The course will be delivered by local expert Neville Davies.

moorland surveyMoorland and Acid Grassland Plants – 15th July 2013

The Moorland Plants course will provide an introduction to a range of commonly encountered moorland plants. Emphasis will be placed on using key characters to identify different species. At the end of the course participants will be able to recognise a range of moorland plants including heathers, grasses and other flowering plants that are common on Welsh moorland. The course will be delivered by Mark Duffell. The course will be entirely field-based.

BS 5837 tree surveyTree Survey and Inspection for Beginners 10th August 2013

The course will provide basic level training in tree survey and inspection and is intended for people with limited arboricultural knowledge. Participants will learn how to identify obvious defects from ground level. The course will be taught by arboricultural  expert Bettina Broadway-Mann.


Introduction to Bat Detector Surveys and Bat Sound Analysis – 15th Septemberbat sound analysis course
The course is designed for professional or amateur bat surveyors who would like to learn or improve their bat call analysis skills. The course will cover the following topics: how bats use sound, an introduction to bat sound analysis software (analook, bat sound, batexplorer and kaleidoscope), recognising typical UK bat sound sonograms and building a call library. The course will be run by Acer Ecology staff. The course will be split over two days and will commence in the evening where participants will be taught how to undertake an evening bat survey,  identify bat calls in the field and how to use different ultrasound equipment.  During the second day participants will learn to analyse bat calls using different software.  The course costs £50 per person and is run by Acer Ecology staff at our office in Cardiff Bay.  It will run from 6.30 pm-9.30 pm on the first day and 9.30 am -1.00 pm the second day. 
Bat Survey DevonBat Ecology and Conservation – 10th October
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 £50 per person and be run by Acer Ecology staff at our office in Cardiff Bay. 

Courses are run by Acer Ecology’s professional ecologists or local experts who have a passion for the wildlife and environment around them.
Contact us on 029 2065 0331 or to find out dates of our courses and how to enrol.