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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 Blakely
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.

Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland 

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.

Saturday 18th April – Beginning in Butterflies: A training day in butterfly ID and surveys

Lock Keepers Cottage, Lagan Valley Belfast

11.00  Join us for a morning of learning all about the various butterfly species found here in Northern Ireland plus a session on the various surveys and surveying techniques we use to record and monitor them.  We will also be going through moth traps set the night before.  Get in touch if you would like to adopt one (Belfast only).  This event is run in partnership with the Lagan Valley Regional Park


Tuesday 21st April and Wednesday 22nd April – Butterflies and Moths of Mourne

21st April, 1900 – 2100: We partner up with Mourne Heritage Trust for an evening learning all about the butterflies and moths of Mourne.  If you live in the Mourne area and are able to return the next morning you are welcome to borrow a moth trap to take home and run overnight

DATES COMING UP – More information coming soon!

BCNI Field Trip: Butterflies and Moths of Mourne Safari – 9th May

Balmoral Show – 13-15th May

Butterfly ID and Survey Techniques, RAPID, Claudy – 20th May

BCNI Field Trip: Cryptic Wood White Safari – 30th May

Bee-Curious pollinator event Craigavon – 13th June

White Park Bay Bioblitz – 20th June

BCNI/BNFC joint outing to Slievenacloy – 27th June

Murlough Bioblitz – 4th July

Big Butterfly Count 18th July – 9th August

BCNI Field Trip: Crom, Fermanagh – 1st August

Lagmore Glen Bioblitz 7/8th August

Ulster Wildlife Bioblitz at Cottage Farm, Omagh – 14/15th August

Ento 2015 – the Biggest Gathering of Entomologists in Britain and Ireland! Trinity College Dublin – 2-4th September

Moth Night 2015 10-12th September

The Conservation Volunteers

Download the TCV Biodiversity Training events PDF

Bumblebee Workshops 2015


and for information on how to register for these events.