In the last 30 years, a standard method of counting seabirds and marine mammals from ships has been adopted in Europe. Participating countries contribute data to the European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) database which is maintained by the JNCC’s Seabirds At Sea Team.
This course is designed to train marine surveyors to an ESAS accepted standard, ensuring good quality data is collected, which may be included in the ESAS database. A flexible approach to training will be adopted, depending on previous experience and individual circumstances.
NB – the ESAS training course is not a seabird identification course, although seabird ID will be assessed during the course and any lack in proficiency will be highlighted. Trainees are expected to have good seabird identification skills prior to doing the ESAS training course.
Further details of ESAS course content and accreditation can be found on the JNCC website here.
- JNCC ESAS survey methods course, Edinburgh, April 2005
- JNCC ESAS survey methods course, Edinburgh, April 2006
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