Courses for Ecologists

Paul has worked as a Training Consultant for nine years and is certified by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. We offer a range of training courses for the professional ecologist. These will give you a range of essential skills needed in ecological consultancy and nature conservation agencies:

The Train the Trainer for Ecologists and Introduction to Protected Species Law and Policy courses are Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Masterclasses.

Grasses for Phase One Habitat Survey

An intensive ‘kick-start’ course for the complete novice covering the key ‘must know’ species, including distinguishing improved, semi- & unimproved grasslands. We concentrate on the top 10 grass indicator species  relevant to Phase 1. Includes a new comprehensive vegetative grass key, devised specifically for beginners.  Much of the course focuses on vegetative grass identification - the easiest way to start with grasses!

Dates: TBC
Location: TBC

Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey

This course will enable you to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey. We focus on survey methodology, rather than plant identification. Day one covers survey planning, mapping techniques and identifying habitats. We particularly discuss two tricky issues: how to distinguish marsh, fens and marshy grasslands, and: how to distinguish improved, semi-improved and unimproved grasslands. Field work includes a range of habitat types. On day two you will conduct your own survey of a site not previously visited and discuss best practice in reporting.

Dates: TBC
Location: TBC

QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners

This course introduces you to the open source (free) QGIS software which is now an industry standard in the  ecological, conservation and consultancy sectors. It is suitable for complete beginners to GIS. The course is  designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing Phase One  survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys. We will cover basics including the QGIS interface,  sourcing existing data and creating background maps using this data. You will then be able to create new  species records and habitat maps, classify data, undertake basic analysis and prepare maps for inclusion in  reports. We also work with Maplango to provide on going post-course support for QGIS.

Dates: 5-6 December 2018
Location: Kingston Upon Thames
To book: visit the CIEEM website

Introduction to Protected Species Law and Policy

This beginners course provides an essential core introduction to protected species law and policy in England and Wales as well as an introduction to national and European legal systems. It is ideal for conservation professionals as well as commercial consultants, as we include issues faced by land managers and key conservation policy, not just protected species legislation. We cover wildlife offences, defences and licensing under the criminal law.  The course is partly delivered using a pre-course learning pack. Lunch is provided as part of the course fee.

Dates: 13 February 2019
Location: Birmingham
To book: visit the CIEEM website

Dates: 20 February 2019
Location: Newport, Wales
To book: visit the CIEEM website

Train the Trainer for Ecologists

This two day CIEEM Masterclass is specially designed for ecologists and environmental professionals and covers field as well as classroom tuition. The course is for anyone who wants to enhance their teaching and training skills. It includes designing sessions to cater for differences in the way people learn, tips on maximising information retention, and how to design learner-centred group activities. Participants will also develop a session for use on their own course.

Dates: 6-7 March 2019
Location: Kennington, London
To book: visit the CIEEM website

"An excellent course. I found it very informative and inspiring. I am keen to put some of Paul's ideas into action. I also got some good ideas from fellow delegates" Stuart Colgate, Train the Trainer November 2015

"Set at a very good level for beginners. Paul = very clear, patient and helpful. I will definately be recommending this course to others" Lucy Monday, QGIS October 2016

  "For me this was a great overview of protected species law and policy from a beginners perspective" Rosalind Bown, Introduction to Protected Species Law and Policy October 2016