As of today, there are still 3 spaces left in my Introduction to Ecological Mapping with Open Source GIS Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management training course. You can sign up via the CIEEM website.
The course will begin with an introduction to GIS. Basic GIS concepts will be explained and explored. Environmental data sources that are easily available will be introduced (e.g. GoogleEarth & Bing aerial photography, Natura 2000 site boundary layers, other National Parks and Wildlife Service datasets, river basins, bedrock geology). The open source GIS that will be used will be QGIS 2.2. The QGIS interface will be introduced and participants will learn how to open, explore and query 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. Best practice in GIS data creation will be emphasised, including metadata. How to prepare maps for presentation in reports using QGIS will be introduced.
QGIS is open source. You can support the QGIS project here. Part of the fees from this training course will be used to make a donation to the QGIS project to ensure the future of this quality resource for ecologists and everyone else who uses spatial data.