TVERC training

TVERC provides training for habitat and species surveys, biological recording and identification and in the use of GIS. 

As well as an annual training programme of courses we can also offer bespoke training

TVERC Training Course Programme

TVERC training courses are open to all who would like to improve their identification and recording skills. These introductory training courses are run by expert ecologists and aimed at beginners. The courses generally involve both indoor and outdoor sessions.

Course fees: individual £60 / professional £120 / student £30*

*There are limited student places, given on a first come first served basis. Proof of student status will be required at time of booking.

Tea and coffee are provided but you will need to bring your own lunch. 

TVERC Training Programme 2019 (PDF)


2019 training programme:

  • Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
    Sat 8th June, Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, RG19 3FU 

​Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are systems for storing, managing and analysing spatial data. This course is designed to introduce you to GIS and spatial data and enable you to display, manipulate and interrogate spatial data. You will learn about different types of spatial data, how to create simple maps, how to create and edit spatial data and how to carry out some simple analytical task. 

​This course is ideal for students and biological recorders looking for a basic introduction to GIS. This course will use the free open source QGIS system. A full set of course notes and course data will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with a copy of QGIS (which is freely available) already installed on it. If you do not have a laptop, please contact us in advance as we have a very limited supply of laptops for this course.

This is an introductory course about hedgerows and how to survey them. It will highlight the legal protection that some hedgerows have and describe how important hedgerows are identified. There will be a field session with the opportunity to survey a hedge and look for some of the typical wildflowers associated with Oxfordshire hedges.

Please bring suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Indoor sessions are held in agricultural building so bring warm clothes. Car parking is 10 min walk to the building. Books and equipment will be supplied but if you have your own hand lens or botanical key please bring it along on the day.  

  • Otter Ecology and Surveying
    Sat 12th October 10am- 4pm at RSPB Otmoor, meeting at RSPB Office, Folly Farm, Common Road, Beckley, OX3 9UR 

An introduction to the ecology of otters, covering their distribution, diet and behaviour. You will learn about key field signs to look out for and the methods used to survey for otters. The morning session will be at the RSPB office in Beckley, followed by an afternoon walking around Otmoor nature reserve looking for signs of otters.

Bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Please note that refunds will not be made on cancellations made less than one month before the course. Courses may be cancelled if insufficient numbers book onto the course. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we need to cancel and arrange course fees to be reimbursed.

Feedback from recent courses:

"Tutor was friendly and knowledgeable, happy to answer any questions. Pitched at a good level and pace. Would recommend!"

"Provided useful practical knowledge to my theoretical knowledge from my university course."

"Not too intense, very practical and good focus on ID process"

TVERC Bespoke Training Provision on Request

TVERC can also offer bespoke training on a wide variety of topics and methodologies for organisations, planned and developed in discussion with your organisation to suit your specific requirements and timings. This may be a one-off workshop for your team or group, but could also include supporting and developing wider projects to train people in biological recording and surveying skills.

For a case study example of a bespoke TVERC training package see training local people as part of the Newbury Renewal Project. To discuss your own ideas and requirements for tailored TVERC training, please contact