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Training Opportunity: Durrell Conservation Academy

Durrell Conservation Academy is now accepting applications for their popular training course program, taking place in 2021. These courses cover a wide range of general and specific conservation subjects, including GIS skills, conservation project management, and avian incubation techniques, for conservationists at varying stages of their careers. Those interested in the role of captive breeding programs and zoos within conservation programs will find many of Durrell Conservation Academy's training subjects especially useful. These courses are held in collaboration with the Jersey Zoo. To apply, visit the Durrell Conservation Academy training courses homepage. Courses fill up quickly, so apply soon to secure your spot!

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We are world leaders in conservation capacity development, operating at the interface between in-situ and ex-situ conservation. We can offer you a unique learning experience wherever you are in your career. 

Successful conservation action involves a wide variety of cross-disciplinary skills

Durrell has a proven track record of saving species from extinction and 35 years’ experience of conservation training. This expertise, combined with partnerships with other leading conservation organisations, creates a diverse range of conservation training courses for all conservation practitioners and enthusiasts.

Our Jersey-based campus, alongside Jersey Zoo, is a centre for ex-situ conservation management and perfectly positioned to provide technical training in captive breeding management and husbandry techniques.

To apply for any of the courses below, visit this page to find the applications for each course, and please email [email protected] with any questions.

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An Introduction to GIS for Conservation using QGIS 
March 2021

In this course we use QGIS, an open-source programme, to address questions in ecology, learning how species, habitats and landscapes can be described, analysed, and graphically represented. Whether identifying biodiversity hotspots, delineating the most inclusive protected area network, understanding how species interact with features of the environment, or measuring the extent of habitat loss, conservationists need to understand how organisms are distributed across landscapes and are impacted at different spatial scales. GIS is a powerful computing tool that can practically help you -  making it an invaluable skill to guide conservation management decisions.

Who is it for?

Suitable for beginners, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge, this introductory course progresses at a pace to ensure you get to grips with the basic use of QGIS and feel successful. Although the content is taught within the framework of environmental conservation, the basic principles mean this is suitable to anyone considering the use of GIS in business or science.

No prior knowledge of GIS is required, but participants should be comfortable working with computers, managing files and installing software. Not essential to bring a laptop but advantageous.

What is the course content?

Predominantly computer based, we work both individually and as a group to progress through a series of lectures and practical workshops to slowly build upon your skill set. You will cover the following:

  • How GIS can be used as an analytical tool to represent real-world spatial relationships.
  • Data to be entered into a GIS can be derived from traditional field work, but context and depth can be added through remotely sensed data, or accessing freely available data from research institutes and citizen science. Whatever the source, GIS data can be manipulated to provide in-depth understanding of the interactions between organisms and different elements of their environments which works as an excellent aid in supporting conservation planning. 
  • GIS can also allow us to derive information (e.g. distance between features, estimate sea floor depth), that can be exported for use in standard statistical analysis and modelling techniques.
  • Advances in GIS and satellite imagery allow research to be conducted very efficiently and cheaply, often over previously unachievable scales, and in areas inaccessible by conventional methods.
  • Given the power of GIS to underpin conservation action, it is essential that practitioners understand the ways in which GIS can support the development of conservation solutions, the opportunities it provides as well as its limitations.

Where will the course be run?

The course will be based at the Durrell Conservation Academy at Durrell’s headquarters in Jersey. Teaching will be delivered by Durrell’s own conservation specialists and directed by Dr Helen Gath, Conservation Training Officer, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

How much will it cost?

The course fee is £575. This includes:

  • All course materials
  • Unlimited entry to Jersey Zoo during the course
  • Certificate of attendance

Optional full board accommodation is available in our  on-site hostel for £52.50 per person per night (2020).  Optional lunches are available for non-residents at £8 per person per day.

Download the leaflet to find out more.

To book a place, please complete the application form and email to [email protected]

For information please call +44 (0)1534 860037.

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