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Bat Licence Training

For those seeking to achieve a bat survey licence

Fully residential field course held over two sessions

Structured syllabus, currently under inspection for approval by Natural England

A balance of hands-on experience and classroom-based activities

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Short Courses

A range of short courses

Residential and non-residential options

Modular units which can feed into bat licence training or meet prerequisites

Special guest workshops and more

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Bat Licence Training

For those seeking to achieve a bat licence

The Bat Licence Training course has been developed to provide assist and guide professionals seeking to attain a bat survey licence. Building on the participants existing experience, the course provides a formal structure to enable participants to develop their knowledge and skills.

Course Prerequisites

Before the first field course, participants are required to have evidence of the following:

  • A minimum of 50 hours bat contact time.
  • Undertaken at least 5 roost visits.

Between the first and final field course, participants are required to have extended their experience to:

  • A minimum of 100 hours bat contact time.
  • Undertaken at least 10 roost visits.

The most common way of providing this information is through the submission of a training diary. A template training diary will be available to download from our website in due course.

If you cannot meet these prerequisites, then please get in touch to discuss options – such as attendance of our ‘introduction to bat survey techniques’ course prior to enrolling on the licence training course.

Course Format

The course has been designed in an ‘intensive course’ format.

Participants are required to attend two four-day residential field courses – one during the winter months and one during the summer months. In addition, two one-day sessions are scheduled during the active period to enable us to provide one-on-one tutorials and increase contact time with bats.

The field courses involve a mixture of classroom and field sessions, and will be based in the South Gloucestershire and Bristol area.

A syllabus will be given to all delegates and will provide the structure for the course. This includes a wide range of material from legislation to survey techniques.


Participants, having completed both field courses, will be required to meet a minimum standard across a number of areas. This will be assessed in various ways including written, practical and oral elements assessed during and culminating in a final test and interview.

Don’t worry, the assessment process isn’t designed to catch people out. It is simply to confirm that the information imparted during the course has made its way into your long term memory and can be applied at the level required for those undertaking surveys.


The cost of the programme is £2500. This includes all tuition, assessment, accommodation and food during the field courses. Please note that accommodation is not provided for the one-day field sessions.


Course Dates

We have set the following dates for the 2019 bat licence training course and are taking bookings now:

Session 1: 4th – 7th March
Session 2: 10th May
Session 3: 1st August
Session 4: 23rd – 26th September

Note – all dates correspond with a single course.


Contact us for an application form and to discuss your level of experience

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Short Courses

For those looking to bolster their experience

Introduction to Bat Survey Techniques

An introductory course for those seeking to learn bat survey techniques and gain hands-on experience in the field.

Course dates for 2019:

25th – 26th July

Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

An intermediate to advanced course to provide participants with information to make informed decisions relating to survey design and implementation for advanced bat survey techniques including mist netting, harp trapping, radio tracking and marking.

Course dates for 2019:

15th – 16th August
(bookings taken through CIEEM)

More information

Answers to some frequently asked questions