Training Courses


We understand the benefits of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to small organisations such as parish councils where they don’t have a budget for expensive software or training. Our experiences with QGIS have convinced us of its suitability, so we are trying to find ways to make setting up and using a QGIS system as easy as possible.

Working jointly with Faunalia and the Royal Agricultural College, we have now run two free training courses for parish councils and other users. These were so popular that we are hoping to run others in the near future... but this will depend on the availability of external funding

Faunalia has also provided internal training on QGIS for Ordnance Survey.

Pub Evenings

We have started to run semi-regular pub evenings to discuss GIS (and the world in general). These events provide an informal way to learn more about using QGIS and get new ideas from other users.

Some of the issues raised may even lead to  additions to this site or the UK Ordnance Survey Users special interest area of the QGIS site. If you haven’t looked at this area yet, it could be worth a visit.

Previous Courses

This is an example of the last course we ran..

Register for a Free GIS Training Day


Beginning Computer Mapping


With Faunalia, we are planning our next free training course for parish councils and other users.

Register your interest online at

Don’t miss out - our last course was full within days.

July course fully booked

We would like to run more courses, but we need to find a source of funding to be able to do more.


Course content

    • Introduction
    • Basics of GIS
    • Starting your first map
    • Show just what you want
    • Using photographs and old maps
    • Adding your own information
    • Printing and other uses of your map
    • What else can you do with QGIS?
    • Feedback, questions and answers


Delegates will need to bring their own computer (laptop recommended for convenience). Quantum GIS should be installed - help installing QGIS will be provided once bookings are confirmed.






Information on this site is copyright Dauntsey Drainage Board. Most of the maps are based on Ordnance Survey OpenData and additionally covered by that licence.

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