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Field Research and Monitoring Techniques Field Research and Monitoring Techniques Field Research and Monitoring Techniques

Short Courses

Who is this course for?


  • Anyone working in the field of conservation, assisting with field research and / or conducting monitoring in the terrestrial and marine environments.
  • Anyone interested in learning different research and monitoring methods and how to apply these in the field for their own research and monitoring or to assist
  • Researchers.
  • Anyone working in the guiding/tourism industry interested in learning about research and monitoring methods and assisting visiting researchers in the field
  • Anyone planning to or is currently completing an ecology, conservation or environmental sciences qualification
  • Anyone interested in being a volunteer for organisations that offer volunteer programmes that include research and monitoring
 
 

Where will I do the course?


We work on different reserves and private game farms, that often have all or some of the Big 5. We provide a service of collecting data to suit a need of the reserve or farm owner, the techniques that we use are in line with the required technique on the reserve and are techniques used internationally, allowing for the skills learnt to be used in research and monitoring worldwide. The data that we collect are not only used by our participants to do their assessments, but to assist reserves and private farm owners to better manage their properties, and ultimately lead to better conservation decisions being made

Introduction to Field Research and Monitoring Techniques:

A focus on ethics and data collection methods
This is an introduction to Field Research and Monitoring techniques. The techniques are used internationally and can be adapted and applied worldwide.
The course covers:
  • An introduction to conservation principles and ethics
  • An introduction to ecology and ecological principles
  • An introduction to research and monitoring techniques
  • How to use a field guide, with practical application assessments tasks
  • Practical application of techniques learnt in class
  • The techniques learnt are in line with techniques used by researchers and monitors worldwide.
You receive a certificate of participation, that lists the modules and techniques learnt during the course.
Duration: 2 Weeks

Cost: Normally R 14 000
COVID Recovery Special: R 7 000
Remote Learning Special: R 2 000
Upcoming course dates:
23 November - 11 December 2020

2021 Dates: 15 February – 26 February
24 May – 6 June
16 August – 27 August

Terrestrial Field Research and Monitoring Techniques:


This course goes into more depth than the introductory course, with more time spent in the field, and having assessment tasks attached. The final assessment task is a report and can be completed and submitted after the course.
If students wish to complete the final assessment for the opportunity of receiving a certificate of achievement for the Skills Programme, the final assessment will be completed after the course and submitted no later than 1 month after the course.
The course covers:
  • An introduction to conservation principles and ethics, with assessment tasks
  • Ecology and Ecological principles, with the focus on the ecology of the area that we will be working in
  • Various field research and monitoring techniques
  • Field application of techniques with practical assessment tasks applying the theory learnt
  • How to use a field guide, with practical application assessments tasks
Much of the course is spent out in the field, practising and perfecting various research and monitoring techniques, these may include:
  • Conducting basic rapid biodiversity assessments
  • Conducting basic visual encounter surveys
  • Qualitative assessments of dominant indicator species

  • These are done in conjunction with:
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Data collection on Alien invasive plant species infestations
  • Camera trap surveys
  • Game counts
  • Collecting and preserving specimens, such as tree and grass samples
  • Duration: 4 Weeks

    Cost: 2021 COVID Recovery Specials:
    Onsite Normally R 28 000
    COVID Recovery Special: R 20 000
    Online COVID Recovery Special: R 4 000
    2020 dates:
    3 August – 28 August 2020

    2021 Dates:
    15 February – 12 March 2021 24 May – 18 June 2021 16 August – 10 September 2021

    Terrestrial and Marine Field Research and Monitoring Techniques:


    This course is our premium offering, with the added modules of Marine Ecology- focusing on Rocky Shores and Marine Survey techniques. Where opportunity presents itself we conduct surveys and data collection for marine researchers.
    The course affords participants the opportunity to spend a large portion of their time in the field, learning not only, about the research and monitoring techniques taught, but also having the opportunity to spend time in nature and learn by being immersed in nature and the marine environment.
    Where time and opportunity allow, we also do guided bush walks and early morning or evening game drives, for the enjoyment of it, and for participants to learn more about the African bushveld and have some photo opportunities.
    The course covers:
    • An introduction to conservation principles and ethics, with assessment tasks
    • Ecology and Ecological principles, with the focus on the ecology of the area that we will be working in
    • Various field research and monitoring techniques
    • Field application of techniques with practical assessment tasks applying the theory learnt
    • How to use a field guide, with practical application assessments tasks

    Much of the course is spent out in the field, practising and perfecting various research and monitoring techniques, these may include among others:
  • Rapid Conducting basic rapid biodiversity assessments
  • Conducting basic visual encounter surveys
  • Qualitative assessments of dominants indicator species
  • Rocky shore monitoring
  • Dune monitoring These are done in conjunction with:
  • Data collection on Alien invasive plant species infestations
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Camera trap surveys
  • Game counts
  • Collecting and preserving specimens, such as tree and grass samples
  • BONUS opportunity
    We conduct rocky shore surveys in the week of the Equinox or Solstice full moons, as close as possible to the spring tide.
    Rocky Shore data are collected over a 4 km stretch from the Kei River Mouth, to just before Morgan Bay.
    This is a concentrated effort of data being collected for 20 – 30 transects, by 60 – 100 people all at the same time!
    Students are trained to manage and ‘guide’ the general public in the methods used to collect and record the data.
    This real-life experience forms part of the practical assessment for this course.
    Duration: 6 Weeks
    Onsite Normally R 42 000
    COVID Recovery Special: R 30 000
    Online COVID Recovery Special: R 6 000
    2020 dates:
    3 August – 10 September 2020

    2021 Dates:
    15 February – 26 March 2021
    24 May – 30 June 2021
    16 August – 24 September 2021
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