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Module - Mapping Environmental Assets

This Mapping Environmental Assets module, developed in partnership with Land App, will develop your skills and knowledge to produce a multi-layered digital map of public goods for an upland farm, moorland area or nature reserve.

Small group taught sessions will take place at our Ambleside campus, at nearby upland locations and online.

This course is one of a set of continuing professional development (CPD) modules with an applied focus which respond to the challenges facing practitioners of environmental land management in the UK's uplands. Mapping Environmental Assets may be completed as an individual module or as part of the set.

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Course Overview

Many roles in land management, farming, environmental conservation and advisory services can benefit from an understanding of digital mapping technology and the ability to create bespoke layers to display key information on top of a base map.
Depicting vegetation, soil characteristics, cultural features and boundaries can help you quantify assets and plan and monitor changes.

You will use Land App, to combine your observations from fieldwork with publicly available data and produce a layered map of environmental assets for an upland location. Additionally, you will be introduced to some methods for categorising habitats and conducting simple biodiversity surveys of vegetation.

This course includes farm visits for practical fieldwork combined with workshops and seminars at our Ambleside campus plus online evening lectures. The in-person taught days are spread across a two-month period so that the course will often be possible to complete whilst working.

On this course you will...

  • Use technology to create a layered map of environmental assets for an upland area
  • Access relevant publicly available data sets and extract relevant data.
  • Gain an understanding of biodiversity and habitat baseline assessment and monitoring techniques.
  • Learn relevant and applied material in a small group through a variety of delivery methods

Course Structure

What you will learn

An introduction to key concepts such as biodiversity, public goods; and their significance

Collecting and using data: public data sets, primary data, introduction to geographical information systems

Creating a layered map of public goods for farms and moorland

Biodiversity and habitat baseline assessment and monitoring techniques

Extracting publicly available data sets and ground-truthing

Use of Land App and other related geographical information systems.

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