QGIS is a type of GIS software that is free and open source. GIS, or mapping software, has endless possibilities for analysing and manipulating spatial data… aka ‘location data’. This includes features such as displaying species records, mapping management and producing maps for use in reports. 

Butterfly Conservation staff make use of QGIS daily for a variety of conservation, research and communication purposes. All data that we work with is ‘location data’ ie a species records, a transect route, a grazing compartment, a fence line- QGIS is a useful and powerful tool to analyse and communicate information to help conserve butterflies and moths.

We have been running internal training courses for BC staff for nearly 5 years. In 2020 for the first time, we ran 20 sessions for interested country butterfly/moth recorders, branch committee members and project partners, training over 60 individuals in the process. Sessions are undertaken online using Zoom and a recording of each session was posted on an online forum for attendees The training courses are run by Patrick Cook, Ecologist/GIS Support Officer for Butterfly Conservation.

For queries on QGIS training from external organisations please contact @email.

The next beginners, intermediate and advanced QGIS training sessions for county butterfly/moth recorders and Butterfly Conservation volunteers will next be run in the autumn and winter of 2021/2022. 

We are currently offering the following courses for county butterfly/moths recorders and Butterfly Conservation volunteers. Please click on the links below to book a session. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact @email.

Database Training Session 1

This session will cover how to set up a database in PostgreSQL which can be used to access and display records using PostGIS in QGIS itself. This will involve uploading a small set of records once a new database has been established.

Please pick one of the two dates to attend as both sessions will be identical. Spaces will be limited to 10 people per session.

Book: 3rd February 2021: 18:00 to 21:00

Book: 5th February 2021: 14:00 to 17:00

Database Training Session 2

This session will cover how to run queries using the Database Manager in QGIS to extract records from a database and display them in QGIS. You will learn various queries such as cutting records by a particular species, date range, type of record and polygons such as a SSSI. Spaces will be limited to 20 people per session

Book: 16th February 2021: 18:00-20:00