Course: An Introduction to GIS - Guide and Application

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Leatherhead, Surrey
19th November 2019 01372379523 Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve

Cost: SWT members £35, non-members £47

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

If you are a teacher, surveyor or simply enthusiastic about capturing and manipulating data, then it is vital that you know about GIS (Geographic Information System). This introductory course will explain how and why it is such an important tool when analysing data. We will be using QGIS.

The morning session will be spent in the classroom discussing the practical elements of using this technology, You will then put this knowledge into practice. Using SWT tablets, you will complete a data collection exercise in the woods which will then be downloaded and analysed on your personal laptop. 

While the course officially finishes at 3pm, from previous experience we have found that completing these final tasks can take much longer. Therefore, should you wish to stay longer, Ben will be available until 4pm on the day to help and advise with the completion of this exercise.

Tutor profile - Ben Siggery

Ben is a passionate freshwater Ecologist who specialises in aquatic plants and invertebrates. He began as an Education Volunteer in 2014, but has been employed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust since 2016 as an Education Officer and has recently taken on a further role as a GIS Analyst contributing to various projects within the Trust. Ben has designed a new educational programme, as part of his role as an Education Officer, to introduce GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists.

Ben has recently acquired an MSc in Aquatic Science from University College London, extending his 1st Class Honours BSc in Environmental Geography. During his time at UCL, Ben specialised in freshwater conservation as well as studying Environmental GIS and the role of paleoecology in conservation. He continues to work closely with academic staff with the aim of publishing the findings of his MSc Thesis, which focused on the benefits of pond restoration to biodiversity, through study of aquatic plants and beetles.

In his spare time, Ben puts on his waders and assists with the Trust’s RiverSearch and wetland projects, conducting habitat and botanical surveys. Ben continues to develop his role within the Trust, using his vast range of knowledge and experience to help the state of nature in Surrey.

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