Ecology Training Courses 2019

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Starting in the 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:

Keep an eye on this space – we will update this list soon with a whole host of new courses and more opportunities to attend our most popular courses.


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.

Thank you to everyone who has attended our courses already this year. We hope that you found them useful and interesting! The following courses took place earlier in 2019, but may be repeated in future years: 

Introduction to QGIS – 13th January  2019 – Day Course

QGIS Training Course

This day course provided an introduction to the use of QGIS. The course was suitable for beginners to GIS, those looking to refresh their skills or those looking to migrate to QGIS software. The cost of the course was £75.00 inclusive of VAT.

Phase 1 and QGIS – 3rd March – Day Course

arc gis ecology

This one day course comprised a Phase 1 Habitat survey followed by QGIS training. In the morning, participants were introduced to the Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology frequently used by ecologists to classify habitats and undertake some Phase 1 mapping in the field. During the afternoon, we used 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 was £75.00 per person inclusive of VAT.

Horseshoe Bat Mitigation – 23rd March 2019 – Day Course

Horseshoe bat

The course was designed for professional or amateur bat surveyors who wanted to learn how to mitigate for horseshoe bats. The course included indoor sessions where participants were taught how to develop horseshoe mitigation and participated in a paper workshop where they were given a fictional barn or building to develop and design horseshoe mitigation. The course was held by Colin 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 the building, he has been able to overcome problems with practical and common sense solutions. The course was £80.00 per person and took place in our office in Cardiff Bay and ran from 10:00 am – 16:00 pm.

An Introduction to BatSound 4 Software – 7th April 2019 – Day Course

BatSound Logo

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.

Using Bat Explorer – 24th April 2019 – Evening Course

bat explorer course

This course, was aimed at beginners and intermediate users, it aimed 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.


Anabat and Analook – 25th April 2019 and 11th June 2019 – Evening Course

bat sound analysis course

This course, was aimed at beginners and intermediate users, it aimed 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 Course

QGIS Training Course

This evening course provided an introduction to the use of QGIS. The course explained how QGIS software can be used to map sites and undertake functions such as buffering. The course ran from 6.00pm until 9.00pm and cost £40.00 per person, inclusive of VAT.

Asbestos Awareness Course- 29th April 2019- Morning Course

This health and safety training course was for anyone that is, or will be, working with the risk of exposure to asbestos. It aimed to give participants both the knowledge, and health and safety skills needed to be fully aware of the risk of asbestos. The course cost £40.00 and took place in our office in Cardiff Bay and ran from 9.30am until 12.30am.

Introduction to Bat Detectors and Bat Survey Methods – 30th April 2019 – Evening Course

The course was designed for amateur or new bat surveyors who would like to learn or improve their bat surveying skills. The course was held partly at our office in Cardiff Bay and partly at Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve. The course ran from 7.00pm until 10.30pm. The course cost £15.00 inclusive of VAT. 

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

phase-1-habitat-survey-course

The Phase 1 Habitat Survey course introduced participants to the Phase 1 methodology to classify habitats. There was both indoor and outdoor sessions where we undertook a Phase 1 habitat survey. The course was delivered by Acer Ecology and was held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay. The course ran from 10.00am until 4.30pm and cost £75.00 inclusive of VAT.

Phase 1 and QGIS – 23rd June – Day Course

Wildflower set aside

This one day course comprises Phase 1 Habitat survey training followed by QGIS training. In the morning, participants will be introduced to the Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology frequently used by ecologists to classify habitats and undertake some Phase 1 mapping in the field. 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. 

Introduction to QGIS – 22nd September 2019 – Day Course

QGIS 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 cost of the course was £75.00 inclusive of VAT.