GIS for wildlife conservation

Beginner course, Nov-Dec 2021


Mapping and spatial data

Beginner level

Nov-Dec 2021

Social learning

Openly-licenced materials




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OpenStreetMap emoji What?

A 4-week introductory course in GIS for wildlife conservation, suitable for complete beginners or to refresh your GIS skills. It’s online and in a flexible part-time format so you can choose when to study each week

The course is tutor-led and limited to 25 participants to enable us to tailor the teaching to your unique goals

Calendar emoji When?

  • 4 weeks
  • Monday 22 November to Sunday 19 December 2021
  • Part-time: 5 hours each week (20 hours total) when it suits you
  • Deadline to register: 17:00 UTC on Friday 19 November

Location emoji Where?

  • Wherever you are!
  • Online, accessible from anywhere
  • Receive joining instructions by email

Emoji of a twenty pound note What does it cost?

£200 early bird1 £300 standard2

Timer emoji Deadline

The deadline to register is 1pm Friday before the course begins:

13:00 UTC, Friday 19 November 2021

Places will be allocated to the first 25 who register below and pay the fee

Hand up emoji Is it for me?

Are you a wildlife conservation professional or student who wants to learn (or re-learn!) the fundamental knowledge and skills of GIS for conservation?  Then yes, it’s for you!

The course is suitable for complete beginners, or those wanting to refresh their skills. You can be based anywhere in the world, and at any stage of your career

  • Fill a skills gap for your research or conservation practice
  • Build your confidence to use GIS independently
  • Enhance the visual impact of your conservation message
  • Increase the value of your team’s outputs
  • Enhance your CV and future employability

Emoji of a nerd face with glasses What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Visualise your field data effectively
  • Combine your field observations with free environmental data
  • Overlay data using different spatial reference systems
  • Create maps that clearly communicate your message

Emoji of a sweating smiley face What do I need to commit?

To participate, you need to:

  • Have your own data to work with
  • Commit 5 hours each week to study
  • Install QGIS before the course begins
  • Be willing to collaborate and learn together

Emoji of a thinking face Why should I pay?

All of the learning materials are freely available on VerdantLearn’s courses site. By joining this paid course, you gain these additional benefits:

  • Personally-tailored advice and feedback in a private forum
  • Help to apply your new skills to your own conservation datasets
  • Access to office hours with the tutor (2 hours/week)
  • Social learning - being part of a cohort, studying together
  • Access to a virtual study space available 24-7
  • Deadlines and accountability, increasing your motivation to complete the course
  • A certificate of completion (open badge) that references your publically-submitted assignments
  • Access to individual tuition at discount rates (£80/hour) on completion of the course

Desktop emoji Software

You’ll use QGIS, a freely available, open-source GIS software Exercises can also be done in ArcGIS, but instructions will only be provided for QGIS

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  1. Early bird deadline Wed 10 Nov, only available to individuals 

  2. Standard fee from Thurs 11 Nov, and all purchase orders