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CEDaR Training Courses

A full programme of training courses will be published very soon. Many will be aimed at supporting the BSBI Atlas 2020 Project and will focus of various plant groups. In the meantime, we have released 2 training courses.

Course: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Ferry Survey
When: Saturday 11th April, 10am tea/coffee for 10.30am start – 4.30pm
Where: Training Room, Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.
Cost: Free, booking essential (30 places)
Dave Wall, Ship Surveys Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will give an introduction to line transect surveys for cetaceans (Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises) using Commercial Ferries. The one-day course will cover the theory and practice of conducting cetacean line-transect surveys on commercial vessels and will incorporate a practical session on the installation and use of IFAW Logger software for collecting survey data. The afternoon session will cover species identification. The course is suitable for beginners and you will get most benefit from it if you bring along a laptop computer (for the practical session). Please bring your lunch, although there is a cafe on site.

Course: Bat Ecology
Saturday 18th April, 3.00pm tea/coffee for 3.30pm start – 9pm
Where: Training Room, Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.
Cost: Free, booking essential (30 places)
Austin Hopkirk of the Northern Ireland Bat Group, Chairperson of Bat Conservation Ireland and National Bat Monitoring Programme co-ordinator of the Bat Conservation Trust, will explain basic bat ecology, the use of basic bat detectors and the monitoring programmes available to volunteers. Please bring your sandwiches as following the talk we will be going out for a dusk walk with heterodyne bat detectors to observe species found on the site (weather permitting). The course is suitable for beginners approximately 20 bat detectors will be available for those who do have their own. 
CEDaR Training Courses are aimed at anyone interested in wildlife. It is hoped that attendees will become wildlife recorders; recording what they see around them. Courses are open to all and booking is essential.
  • These are adult education courses and not suitable for young children. Anyone under 18 attending must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor fi eldwork is essential.
  • Please bring your lunch, although there is a cafe on site.
For further information, contact Pauline Campbell, CEDaR Database Officer, 028 90395255

Other events

Goldcrest, Dot BlakelyDawn Chorus Castle Espie
Date:     Saturday 11 April 2015
Time:     6:30am
Duration:             2 hours including breakfast
Adults: £12.50, Child: £7.50
Non-Members: Adults: £12.50, Child: £7.50
A unique opportunity to enjoy our wonderful wildlife before daybreak with a Dawn Chorus walk with resident bird expert Dot Blakely.
Whether you are a keen birder or simply enjoy the beauty of the outdoors you can enjoy listening to the birds sing at the dawn of the day.
Dot will take you round the reserve to discover the morning's birds and help you identify them by their song.
The Dawn Chorus finishes as the birds go off in search of food, whilst you move to the Loughshore Cafe where a hot breakfast awaits.
Booking essential. Call 028 9187 4146 between 10am and 5pm to book your place.
Dawn Chorus Bangor Castle Park
Date:     Saturday 25th April
Time:     5am
Cost:      Free.
Booking essential. Call Tourist Board on 028 9127 0069 to book your place.

Thursday 19th March - Urban Wildlife Workshop

Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland 

Thursday 12th March - BCNI Winter Talks, House of Sport, Belfast
19:30 Melina Quinn, NIEA: Maintaining and Providing Habitat for Pollinators
Melina from NIEA’s Biodiversity Unit comes to speak to us about ways we can all get involved in promoting pollinators
Saturday 11th April – NIRD 2015 – Northern Ireland Recorders Day
9:30 – 16:30 Peatlands Park, Dungannon
Our annual get together to look back at the year that was and forward to what is coming.  Speakers planned include Butterfly Conservation’s Head of Surveys from HQ, Richard Fox, Tomás Murray from Biodiversity Ireland, Geoff Newell on Solitary Bees, and a focus on Cryptic Wood Whites, our champion species of 2015.
Thursday 16th April – BCNI Winter Talks, House of Sport, Belfast
19:30 Roy Anderson: Insects of the Garden
A talk on the wild and wonderful you can encounter on your own doorstep with some basic tips on identifying very common but seldom recorded species.