Interested in learning how to better utilize your handheld GPS or just figure out how to use one at all?
The Ring of Gullion team have signed up with the conservation volunteers to offer free basic GPS and mapping training. Booking is essential as places are limited.
The one-day course is designed to teach participants how to use a handheld GPS receiver to map property boundaries and specific locations that can be monitored annually to determine and record wildlife and wildflowers. The course should prove popular with volunteers looking to map trails.
The course is designed for individuals with no GPS experience or basic GPS users who want to learn more about this ever more important technology. The course is perfect for those who are interested in learning how to map their environment and using technology to produce meaningful satellite imagery, using simply a computer and Google Earth.
Understanding how GPS works – Recording and finding pre recorded points, entering data, maximising handheld GPS accuracy, navigating, and transferring field data to Google Earth/Maps.
The start of the course will start in the classroom but would visit a local site and participants will learn how to map property boundaries, trails, and points of interest including survey markers, invasive species, and scenic viewpoints. Later, back in the classroom, participants learn how to download their GPS data and create interactive, online maps using free software.
The course is free. Part of the course will be outdoors, so we ask that all participants bring waterproofs and sturdy footwear.
This training is free and supported by Newry Mourne and Down District Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Conservation Volunteers.
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