Professional Courses

Bird Survey Techniques for Ecological and Environmental Professionals 2018 – places available

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Tailored to your needs.

BTO are renowned for the exceptionally high quality of our data and analyses, and we have been developing and using the bird survey methods, such as Point Counts, Transects and Territory Mapping, used by ourselves and others since the 1960s.

We are recognised as the experts in survey methodology and we also have huge experience in training people to use these survey methods through our established training programme.

What is the difference between BTO training courses for professionals and volunteers?

The Bird Survey Techniques Training for Ecological and Environmental Professionals course is carefully tailored to the needs of the ecological/environmental professional, with the focus on current methodologies being used in the field. These methods vary from the methods used by BTO volunteers undertaking BTO surveys, so the topics covered are very different to our volunteer courses.

In addition, a good knowledge of the rationale behind the methodologies and their strengths, weaknesses and caveats is required in order to decide which method is the best in which given situation – this is not covered in the volunteer courses, yet forms an integral part of the professional courses.

Dates for 2018

During the 2017/18 financial year we are very pleased to be able to offer this professional training course:

  • Tuesday 20–Wednesday 21 February 2018, 0900–1730 at The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU.

A 2-day certificated training course in bird survey methodologies involving indoor taught theory sessions and with plenty of practical outdoor practice covering:

  • General survey principles
  • Biases and considerations
  • Which survey method to choose?
  • Survey design and set-up
  • Vantage Point Count methodology
  • EIA surveying – Windfarms, Single Species and Upland methodologies
  • Territory Mapping (CBC) methodology and analysis
  • Transect (Route) (BBS) methodology
  • BTO data availability

Numbers on these courses are strictly limited to a maximum of 20. There will be a minimum of 2 expert trainers with the group, maintaining a high trainer-to-participant ratio.

To book on a Bird Survey Techniques for Professionals course, please contact Anne Cotton by email or phone: anne.cotton [at] bto.org 01786 466560

Cost

We are able to offer the two days of intensive training at a special price of £700 (incl. VAT).

Group bookings of 3 or more are eligible for a discount, please email training [at] bto.org for further details.

If there are sufficient bookings on any individual course we may be able to accept up to two unwaged individuals at £500 (incl. VAT) for the full 2-day course, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email training [at] bto.org for further details or to register interest in this offer.

Booking terms and conditions

Payment must be received, in full, 4 weeks before the course starts. If full payment is not made at the time of booking, a deposit of £100 will confirm a place until 4 weeks before the course. Cancellations 4 weeks or more before the start date will be reimbursed in full. As places are strictly limited, no refund is possible if we receive notice of cancellation 4 weeks or less before the course start date. VAT invoices for the balance will be issued on receipt of the deposit.

Card bookings can be made over the phone, or cheques made payable to ‘British Trust for Ornithology’; to book on a course, please contact Anne Cotton by email or phone: anne.cotton [at] bto.org 01786 466560

Lunch and refreshments are included – please advise of any dietary requirements on booking. Accommodation is not included for these courses but we will provide local accommodation options with your booking information.

To get the most from the course, we recommend that you are able to identify most of the common UK bird species by sight and, ideally, by sound. These courses are not suitable for complete beginners to birdwatching. Please bring your own binoculars, notebook and pen.

If you would like any further information about the course timetable or the contents of the course, please contact Nick Moran, Training Manager, on 01842 750050 or email training [at] bto.org.