The aim of the bat survey training course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.
- legal protection (and limits to protection) afforded to bats and the implications of bats’ protected status for surveys
- licensing and permissions required for different species of bats;
- species status, range, conservation and threats at the local, regional and national level
- life cycle of a bat including breeding and social behaviour, as well as feeding strategies used by different bat species
- physiology of British and Irish bats (including adaptations to flight, echolocation, torpor, hibernation and energetics);
- species-specific and seasonal requirements of roosting bats and the various natural features and manmade structures used for roosting
- the range of survey methods that can be used to identify and study bats, and their strengths, weaknesses and limitations;
- the current relevant guidance for surveying bats;
- seasonality and conditions and how these might affect surveys;
- how bats are considered in the planning process, and the level of information required for this
- health and safety issues commonly associated with bat surveys (e.g. unsafe structures, disease risks and working at night in urban areas and the countryside);
- biosecurity precautions and procedures (e.g. awareness of white nose syndrome).;
- the different techniques that may be required to survey for different species (e.g. horseshoe bats);
- sources of information on known distribution and abundance of bats; and
- metadata standards / data sharing.
- locating signs left by bats and using these to locate roosting position and give an indication of likely genus of bat and type of roost;
- objectively assessing the potential value of a building, tree or other structure/feature for use as a bat roost, according to standard guidelines;
- identifying safe techniques to survey different types of bat roosts and hibernacula for bats;
- competently choosing and using the correct equipment for the survey and recognise its limitations;
- using a range of bat detectors to identify species or groups of species and record behaviour;
- employing static detectors to complement manual activity survey techniques that identify species or groups of species, relative frequency, timing and type of bat use of a site both short and long-term;
- recording and understanding survey effort and data required when surveying roost structures, underground sites, single tree roosts in a wood and flight lines;
- assessing likely impacts of a proposed development at the scoping stage and designing surveys using appropriate techniques and level of effort;
- taking appropriate biosecurity precautions; and
- taking appropriate health and safety precautions.
Experience: The course will provide the knowledge and skills required to undertake bats surveys which do not require a Natural England license. No previous experience is required and the content is designed to suit a wide range of disciplines including aspiring professional ecologists, arborists, planners, local government employees and volunteer bat workers.
Callow Rock Offices, Shipham Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3DQ.
Friday 26th May 2017
£50 (incl VAT)
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Call 01823 652425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very sorry but we are unable to issue refunds if you are unable to attend the course for any reason.