Our Vision

A world where bats are better understood and their wild habitats cared for.

Our Mission

To undertake research to better understand the different requirements of bats.
To communicate with and educate others to help them better protect bats.
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How We Will Achieve This

Undertake research to better understand  bats and their habitats.

Provide advice and guidance.

Support professionals training for a bat licence.

Who we are

The Bat Licence Training Programme is a collaboration between Bats Research & Training and Arbology.

Jim and Sean in the rain

Jim Mullholland

BSc (Hons) Dip Arb L6 (ABC) MCIEEM MArborA MICFor

Jim is the director of Bats Research & Training. He is Chartered Arboriculturist and Chartered Environmentalist specialising in bats and veteran trees.

Jim has been involved with bat research since 2005 and has a diverse range of work experience having worked in consultancy, local authority and charity sectors. He holds Natural England Class 3 & 4 licences, a Natural England research licence and a Natural Resources Wales bat survey licence.

Jim is a training specialist and is currently studying to become a Qualified Teacher. He has held training roles for the Arboricultural Association and the Ancient Tree Forum. In addition, he has developed and delivered courses for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). He is also a LANTRA registered trainer for the Professional Tree Inspection and Basic Tree Inspection courses.


Sean Shereston

BA (Hons) Dip Arb L4 (ABC) TechArborA

Sean is the director of Arbology, an ecological and arboricultural consultancy specialising in tree-climbing and advance infra-red camera bat surveys. Sean has been working in environmental conservation since 2009, with a specialism in arboriculture and bat work.

He has been involved in a range of research and commercial projects including extensive bat trapping and radio-tracking surveys. He holds Natural England Class 2 and Natural Resources Wales bat survey licences.

He has delivered training throughout his career ranging from practical climbing and chainsaw units, to bat awareness and advanced bat survey techniques. He is also a LANTRA registered trainer.