About the course
This part-time tutored online course offers detailed training in passive and non-passive bird surveying techniques. The course aims to create a rich workshop experience, encouraging direct student and tutor interaction and discussion.
You will receive highly practical expert training, helping you to
- develop skills for indirect counts of traces and nests, group-based counts of colonies, flocks and roosts
- learn how to conduct transect and aerial surveys
- develop skills in mist-netting, cannon-netting, walk-in (cage) traps, active (spring-loaded) traps and entanglement (noose) traps and tagging
- explore new technologies such as acoustic sensors and wireless sensor networks, PIT tags and the use of stable isotope analysis
- refine bird survey design and data collection skills
- understand how to record accurate, unbiased and representative samples in order to reach a conclusion
Who the course is for
Professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers. The techniques covered are universal, and we use international case studies and examples.
Flexible online learning
Students typically study on this course alongside their work.
You can take this online course from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. You can log on at any time of the day and access our specially designed course materials, e-learning resources and tutor-led discussion forums. You will have access to the Bodleian Libraries’ online resources, which include an excellent range of e-books and e-journals, enabling you to conduct your research and reading in your own time.
The course can help you to apply for Chartered Status (such as Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Ecologist), and to meet relevant professional competency thresholds. Further information can be found in our Chartered status and essential skills guide.