Excellent, knowledgeable tutors who covered the topics clearly and answered questions/led discussions in a very productive manner (Recreation & HRAs) ...
It did exactly what it set out to do. I feel much more informed about Commons generally and about the process involved in S38 applications (Commons Management) ...
A dry and complicated subject i.e. HRA regulations was interspersed with practical examples and research which helped to illustrate the HRA requirements (Recreation & HRAs) ...
Good location, food, facilities, trainers & audience (Commons Management) ...
The best training I have had this year (if not longer) (Commons Management)...

Training

Footprint Ecology runs a small number of scheduled and bespoke courses each year covering areas in which we have specialist expertise. These courses are open to all and may be held at our Wareham office or in venues in other parts of the country. Group sizes are kept small to enhance the learning experience and prices are kept as low as possible. Courses are run by Footprint staff but we often bring in outside experts or run combined courses with others; for example, some of our commons courses are run jointly with the Open Spaces Society.

Scheduled courses

Scheduled courses

Each year we run a programme of courses open to all and reflecting areas of current interest; topics and booking details are provided here.

Bespoke Courses

Bespoke Courses

Clients often request in-house training on specific topics. Bespoke courses can be tailored to particular groups of participants and held at a venue of choice.

Scheduled courses

Scheduled courses

We regularly hold training courses in Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA), Bird disturbance, Commons management, GIS, and Counting visitors. All course fees include training materials and refreshments. Most courses are located in Dorset. Trainees on our courses have included county ecologists, ecology consultants, rangers and wardens as well as employees of Natural England, Forestry Commission and charities such as wildlife trusts. If you are interested in one of our courses, or would like to be on a mailing list for course updates, please contact us.

Courses for 2018

Introduction to QGIS

Introduction to QGIS

Wednesday 18th April 2018| 1 day | £150 excluding VAT (includes lunch).

Led by Chris Panter. Suitable for those new to GIS in general, or those with some GIS experience wanting to start using QGIS. Location: Wareham, Dorset.

Spaces are limited to 5 to ensure the optimum training experience. Book early to avoid disappointment. Trainees will need to bring their own laptop with QGIS loaded at the start of the day - help will be given with this before the day.

Q-GIS is a free alternative to more expensive mapping software, great for a range of tasks from simple plotting of GPS data, through to complex spatial interrogation of data.

This course is an introduction to GIS in general and QGIS in particular, with a focus on ecological applications. The aim is to cover basic functions and give the confidence to explore the capabilities of the software and access online help. The course will cover:

  • types of GIS data
  • software layout and use of workspaces
  • creating and editing data, including importing GPS data
  • map production, styling and datasets available

Chris leads on all GIS and large data analysis at Fooptrint, having specialised in this area for the last seven years. He has extensive experience of mapping species using data from OS, GPS bird tracking and satellite imagery. Chris has worked with ArcGIS, so he is able to assist those more accustomed to ArcGIS.

 

Courses for 2017

Courses for 2016

Courses we ran in 2016 included:

About our courses

All courses include food (locally sourced and where possible organic) and refreshments. Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for - please let us know if you have any special requirements. All scheduled courses are at our Dorset office in Wareham Forest unless otherwise stated.

How to book places on a course

To reserve a place on a course contact the Practice Manager on 01929 552444 or e-mail training@footprint-ecology.co.uk. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the completed booking form.

How to pay for a course

For organisations and companies we can raise an invoice to be paid within 30 days by BACS or cheque. Please ensure you supply a purchase order number if that is required by your accounts department.
Alternatively, we can take card payments here via our website using Paypal. A VAT receipt will be supplied.

Cancellations

Footprint Ecology reserve the right to cancel courses due to unforeseen circumstances. Where courses are cancelled by Footprint any fees paid will be credited in full. If you find you have to cancel, we will do our best to fill your place on the course, however if the cancellation is less than 14 days before the course and we cannot fill your space, we cannot refund your fee.

Bespoke Courses

Bespoke courses

In addition to scheduled courses we also run bespoke courses which can be designed and run for particular groups or issues. This has cost savings and allows clients to have a course exactly tailored to their requirements and held at their premises if preferred. The courses we offer reflect our areas of expertise, but we have an extensive network of associates who we can bring in to complement our expertise to produce a tailor-made course. Some examples of in-house training we have supplied are:

  • Coastal bird disturbance
    for Natural England at various locations
  • GIS mapping
    for Butterfly Conservation and Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Commons management training
    for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Statistical analysis techniques for invertebrate communities
    for Natural England
  • Controlled burning to manage heathland
    for Outsourced Client Solutions - MoD estates

Trainees on our courses have included county ecologists, ecology consultants, rangers and wardens as well as employees of Natural England, Forestry Commission and charities such as wildlife trusts. If you are interested in one of our courses, or would like to be on a mailing list for course updates, please contact us.

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We’re always ready to talk about your requirements, so please do get in touch today

Tel: +44 (0)1929 552444