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Bat survey training course

Course summary


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.


Course content 





  1. legal protection (and limits to protection) afforded to bats and the implications of bats’ protected status for surveys
  2. licensing and permissions required for different species of bats;
  3. species status, range, conservation and threats at the local, regional and national level
  4. life cycle of a bat including breeding and social behaviour, as well as feeding strategies used by different bat species
  5. physiology of British and Irish bats (including adaptations to flight, echolocation, torpor, hibernation and energetics);
  6. species-specific and seasonal requirements of roosting bats and the various natural features and manmade structures used for roosting
  7. the range of survey methods that can be used to identify and study bats, and their strengths, weaknesses and limitations;
  8. the current relevant guidance for surveying bats;
  9. seasonality and conditions and how these might affect surveys;
  10. how bats are considered in the planning process, and the level of information required for this
  11. 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);
  12. biosecurity precautions and procedures (e.g. awareness of white nose syndrome).;
  13. the different techniques that may be required to survey for different species (e.g. horseshoe bats);
  14. sources of information on known distribution and abundance of bats; and
  15. metadata standards / data sharing.






  1. 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;
  2. objectively assessing the potential value of a building, tree or other structure/feature for use as a bat roost, according to standard guidelines;
  3. identifying safe techniques to survey different types of bat roosts and hibernacula for bats;
  4. competently choosing and using the correct equipment for the survey and recognise its limitations;
  5. using a range of bat detectors to identify species or groups of species and record behaviour;
  6. 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;
  7. recording and understanding survey effort and data required when surveying roost structures, underground sites, single tree roosts in a wood and flight lines;
  8. assessing likely impacts of a proposed development at the scoping stage and designing surveys using appropriate techniques and level of effort;
  9. taking appropriate biosecurity precautions; and
  10. 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

We are very sorry but we are unable to issue refunds if you are unable to attend the course for any reason.