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Ecology Training Courses 2020

Starting in the spring, Acer Ecology will be running a whole range of wildlife courses throughout South Wales and beyond. The Ecology Training Courses 2020 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, our ecology training courses will have something for you.

An Introduction to Bat Explorer and Kaleidoscope – 8th April 2020 * Fully Booked

bat explorer course

This course, aimed at beginners and intermediate users, will give participants the knowledge and skills to use the BatExplorer and Kaleidoscope software to analyse recordings. This course costs £100.00 inclusive of VAT and will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

An Introduction to AnalookW and Anabat Insight – 22nd April 2020 * Fully Booked

bat sound analysis course

This course, aimed at beginners and intermediate users, aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to use the both AnalookW and Anabat Insight software to analyse recordings and present the findings of automated surveys. The course costs £100.00 inclusive of VAT and runs from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey Course – 5th May 2020 (likely to be cancelled due to Coronavirus)


We will be re-running our ever popular Phase 1 Habitat Survey course. This 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 run from 10.00am until 4.00pm and costs £75.00 inclusive of VAT.

Course Booking and Additional Information

  • 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.
  • If we don’t have a course listed that you would like us to run, please get in touch! We can run bespoke courses for organisations, or if we have enough interest in your idea, we may consider put together a new course. You can view our entire course repertoire here.
  • To book on a course, please email us to request a booking form.

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Courses already taken place in 2020

Winter Tree Identification – 5th February 2020

bs5837 tree survey

This one-day winter tree identification course aims to introduce you to the key characters used in the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs. Emphasis will be placed on key characters to distinguish each species from similar looking trees. The course is aimed at the keen beginner and skills enhancer alike and provides an introduction to winter tree identification. The course will involve both indoor and outdoor sessions. The course will run from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm and will cost £30.00 per person, inclusive of VAT.

Introduction to QGIS – 12th February 2020

QGIS Training Course

This popular one 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 using QGIS software. The course costs £100.00 inclusive of VAT and will run from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.