Get started! Thermal Imaging for Ecologists

 February 15th-16th 2022

Oxford, UK

This two day course combines theory and practical sessions to get you started with thermal imaging technology for your ecology survey work.



Procedures are in place to run this course safely. The venue is large enough to maintain social distancing, and we will maintain hygiene measures & low student numbers to ensure a safe and enjoyable training experience for all. 

  • Are you a consultant ecologist?
  • Would you like to improve the accuracy and efficiency of your survey work?
  • Would you like to learn how thermal imaging can help you?

If you said "yes", this course is for you!

In this course, you'll learn the theory you need to know to apply thermal imaging effectively in your ecology survey work. We cover basic thermal science and the latest research to give you a solid foundation of knowledge to build your expertise on.


You'll also get hands-on experience with a range of equipment to:

  • Get a feel for the equipment that's right for you
  • Learn how to deploy it effectively in your survey work

We will also take you step-by-step through:

  • Image processing 
  • Thermal analysis
  • Data handling
  • Reporting results effectively


  • 2 day in-person training course in Oxford
  • Practical sessions
  • Theory sessions
  • Expert-led demonstrations
  • Equipment practice
  • Accommodation tickets include 2 nights' on-site accommodation in a single-sex shared bunk room




"Perfect mix of classroom and fieldwork. Great to get so much hands on experience using different camera set-ups."

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"If you are actively pursuing thermal imaging as a survey tool, go for this course 100%...don't worry if you feel like it will overwhelm you with technical specifics, it won't! It's very user-friendly...I liked the fact that the course had clearly defined modules with follow-up tasks & that I wasn't left behind in some of the more technical aspects that I wasn't familiar with."


This course is taught by Dr. Kayleigh Fawcett Williams, with the assistance of her team at Wildlifetek. Kayleigh has been using technology for wildlife applications for the past seventeen years.

Kayleigh’s work has taken her around the world, including New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark and Belize to name a few. Kayleigh now helps wildlife professionals and students to improve their wildlife work.

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Knowing from an early age that she wanted to work with animals, Kayleigh started out her career by pursuing a degree in Biological Science at Cambridge University (2003-2006) where she conducted her thesis on the behaviour of free-ranging Konik horses using optics and night vision technology. In the summer of 2004, Kayleigh travelled to Mongolia to study the re-released Przewalski’s horses using GPS systems to map their daily movements.

After graduating, Kayleigh discovered the exciting world of bats. After a bat walk with her local bat group in Lincolnshire (UK), Kayleigh was hooked. She started working with ultrasonic detectors and sound analysis software over the next few years working with these fascinating animals.

In 2010, Kayleigh moved to Denmark to study for her PhD in Bioacoustics. Her doctoral work focused on the echolocation calls of Rhinolophus and Myotis bats in the laboratory and in the field (UK, Denmark & South Africa). During this time, Kayleigh discovered thermal imaging technology and began using this as an additional technique alongside her sound recording equipment. During this time, Kayleigh trained as a Thermographer at FLIR Headquarters in the UK.

Following her PhD studies, Kayleigh returned home to the UK in 2013 where she began working in a large consultancy surveying for bats. Here she began developing thermal survey methods for bats and other wildlife species. In 2016, Kayleigh travelled to New Zealand to train wildlife surveyors to use thermal imaging technology.

Realising her passion for wildlife and technology, Kayleigh started up her own company, KFW Scientific & Creative, in 2017 to share her specialist knowledge with other wildlife professionals and enthusiasts. In 2019, Kayleigh published the “Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines” in association with the Bat Conservation Trust, and is currently working on her book on “Thermal Imaging for Wildlife”. Kayleigh now shares her knowledge and skills globally via her online training and support services, with the help of her growing team.

Course Fees 2021

Without accommodation: £595                                   With accommodation: £695


Please complete the details below to apply for a place on this course.

We will email you an invoice nearer to the time.

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