QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners (Ireland)

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The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys. Delegates will need to bring their laptop to the course, as no IT equipment is provided.


Course Content:
• The course will begin with an introduction to GIS.
• Basic GIS concepts will be explained and explored.
• The QGIS interface will be introduced and participants will learn how to open and explore data layers.
• Creating ecological data layers with QGIS will be covered, including point records of species and habitat mapping.
• Attribute table creation and management will also be covered.
• Easily available environmental data sources will be explored (e.g. open source base mapping and aerial photos, Natura 2000 site boundaries, river basins, soils & geology).
• Best practice in GIS data creation will be emphasised, including metadata.
• How to prepare maps for presentation in reports using QGIS will be introduced.

Who Should Attend?

Ecologists and environmental managers who wish to learn how to incorporate GIS into their working practices, but who lack the means or institutional support to avail of the more expensive, commercial GIS packages.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Outline basic GIS concepts.
  • Display and explore ecological data using QGIS.
  • Create (digitise) species records and habitat mapping data.
  • Prepare maps for inclusion in reports.


Refreshments will be provided throughout both days. Please bring your own packed lunch or avail of the several restaurants in the area.

Euro Payments

Online payments can only be made in Sterling. We can accept Euro payments by BACS or over the phone.

Please contact our finance team at: finance@cieem.net if you require an invoice in Euros.

Course fees in Euros are as follows:

  • Early Bird Member Ticket €200
  • Early Bird Non Member Ticket €360
  • Member Ticket €240
  • Non Member Ticket €400


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £220.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £360.00