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:
EPS Licensing Applications – 29th January 2019 – Evening Course
This 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.
The course will focus on behaviour of a maternity colony throughout the roosting season and discuss about the emergence behaviour of whiskered bats in relation to humidity and temperature changes within the roost as well as the changes the colony experiences after the parturition period. A dietary analysis will also be presented and how it is changing throughout the summer. A review of the relevant literature on whiskered bats will be made and an open discussion will be encouraged afterwards. The course costs £5 per person inclusive of VAT and all attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance. The course will be run by one of our top bat ecologists Lea Likozar who has studied whiskered bats in Solvenia. The course will run from 6pm to 7.30pm and will be held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay.
This one day course will provide a platform to discuss writing ecological consultancy reports, with a focus on bats. The course is aimed at professionals looking to improve their reports, as well as graduates/students who may be interested in a career in ecological consultancy. This course will be held at the Acer Ecology office from 10am to 4pm. This course courses £75 inclusive of VAT.
This 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.
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.
The course is designed for professional or amateur bat surveyors who would like to learn how to mitigate for horseshoe bats. The course will include an indoor sessions where participants will be taught how to develop horseshoe mitigation and will participate in a paper workshop where they will be given a fictional barn or building to develop and design horseshoe mitigation.The course will be run by Collin Morris, the recent winner of The Pete Guest Award for Outstanding Contribution to Bat Conservation. He has over 35 years of experience in bat related research and ecology. He has built up a wealth of knowledge on a variety of subjects and with a background of building, he has been able to overcome problems with practical and common sense solutions. The course costs £80.00 per person and will take place in our office in Cardiff Bay and runs from 10:00am – 16:00pm.
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.
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.
The course will provide an introduction to the use of Inkscape, 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
- 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 email@example.com.