QField for Ecologists and Environmental Practitioners

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This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Zoom 10am to 3:30pm (including a 30 min lunch break) on 13 October with a second Zoom session 10am to 11:30am on 15 October.

The maximum delegate number for the course has been reduced to ensure value and interactivity and as such if the button below says 'Add name to waiting list' then the course is fully booked.  


This event introduces surveyors to QField, an open source mobile GIS mapper which works alongside the QGIS GIS program. The application allows for efficient electronic data capture in the field and can be used for habitat mapping as well as capturing species information.

We cover the key advantages of capturing habitat and species data electronically as well as considering equipment options. Much of the event focusses on setting up projects in QGIS for transfer to QFIELD, including the use of the QField Sync plugin. We demonstrate how to prepare basemaps, configure map themes and transfer projects to a mobile device for use in the field.

We then look at Qfield functionality on a mobile device (android 'phone or tablet), firstly in the classroom and then in the field. Field work will include capturing point, line and polygon data as well as editing data in the field.

Finally we will cover the transfer of field data back into a QGIS project in the classroom.

The event is suitable for anyone who is proficient at basic map production (e.g. habitat maps) in QGIS and wishes to use QFIELD for capturing data electronically in the field.

The event will combine demonstration with excercises to consolidate learning after every session. There will also be an outdoor session during which delegates can capture real data in the field.

IT equipment, including a laptop pre-loaded with QGIS and a smart phone or tablet running the Android operating will be needed.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Land Managers, Rangers, Wardens, Statutory Agency staff, conservation practitioners, students, local authority staff.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Good basic working knowledge of QGIS including the ability to carry out the following operations:
- Create projects from existing vector and raster data
- Symbolise layers
- Digitise points, lines and polygons

Learning Outcomes

  • List the advantages and disadvantages of capturing field data electronically.
  • List the equipment needed for electronic field capture.
  • Prepare a project in QGIS for transfer to QField.
  • Capture points, lines and polygons in the field using QField.
  • Edit attribute data and geometry in the field.
  • Transfer a field project to QGIS.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00