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Broaden your professional scope

Short Courses

A range of short courses

Courses for ecologists and arborists

Basic to advanced level courses

Short courses can help to meet prerequisites for bat licence training

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Bat Licence Training Service

For those seeking to achieve a bat survey licence

Learn predominately online

Only pay for the training you require

Payment packages are available

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Our Courses

Broaden your professional scope

Short Courses

A range of short courses

Courses for ecologists and arborists

Basic to advanced level courses

Short courses can help to meet prerequisites for bat licence training

Find Out More

Bat Licence Training

For those seeking to achieve a bat survey licence

Fully residential field course held over four 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

For those looking to bolster their experience


COVID-19 UPDATE

During this uncertain time we reviewed our public-facing activities with a view to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.  As a result, we have chosen to postpone all of our training events that were due to run during May. We plan to reschedule these for later in the year, and will automatically transfer bookings for each cancelled course to a re-scheduled date. At present we hope to be able to run courses in July and October, but will await further advice on this from the Government as the situation progresses.

We are aware that attending training courses will not be people’s highest priority at the moment, and due to the measures put in place many are struggling. To help reduce stress, we will offer full refunds for anyone who can no longer attend due to COVID-19. This applies to all existing and any new bookings made.

Please let us know if you require a refund, otherwise we will be in touch again as soon as we can provide you with revised course dates for your retained booking.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time, and hope that you are all keeping safe and well.

We hope to see you on a course as soon as circumstances allow.

Bats and Arboriculture


POSTPONED - Late 2020
£120

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Advanced Infra-Red Technology
for Bat Surveys

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Both practical and classroom based, the course covers the advanced use of infra-red technology to improve survey efficiency including a range of setups and software analysis.

POSTPONED - Late 2020
£240

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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Practical sessions on survey techniques including mist netting, harp trapping, radio tracking, and marking. Classroom sessions cover theoretical aspects of advanced surveys such as survey design and methodology.

30th - 31st July 2020
£240

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Creating Bat Roosts in Trees

A new and unique course, merging the latest knowledge of veteranisation techniques and the Bat Tree Habitat Key. The course provides participants with an understanding of how to replicate natural roosting requirements using chainsaws.

11th September 2020
£120

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Bats and Arboriculture


17th September 2020
£120

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Advanced Infra-Red Technology
for Bat Surveys

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Both practical and classroom based, the course covers the advanced use of infra-red technology to improve survey efficiency including a range of setups and software analysis.

6th - 7th August 2020
£240

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Short Courses

For those looking to bolster their experience


Bats and Arboriculture

A basic one-day course to provide participants with the bat awareness training required to meet the recommendations of industry best practice

POSTPONED - Late 2020
£120

Course Details

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Advanced Infra-Red Technology for Bat Surveys

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Both practical and classroom based, the course covers the advanced use of infra-red technology to improve survey efficiency including a range of setups and software analysis.

POSTPONED - Late 2020
£240

Course Details

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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Practical sessions on survey techniques including mist netting, harp trapping, radio tracking, and marking. Classroom sessions cover theoretical aspects of advanced surveys such as survey design and methodology.

30th - 31st July 2020
£240

Course Details

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Creating Bat Roosts in Trees

A new and unique course, merging the latest knowledge of veteranisation techniques and the Bat Tree Habitat Key, to provide participants with an understand of how to replicate natural roosting requirements using chainsaws.

11th September 2020
£120

Course Details

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Bats and Arboriculture

A basic one-day course to provide participants with the bat awareness training required to meet the recommendations of industry best practice

17th September 2020
£120

Course Details

Download a Course Brochure

Advanced Infra-Red Technology for Bat Surveys

An intermediate to advanced two-day course. Both practical and classroom based, the course covers the advanced use of infra-red technology to improve survey efficiency including a range of setups and software analysis.

6th - 7th August 2020
£240

Course Details

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Bat Licence Training Service

For those seeking to achieve a bat licence

New for 2020: We have revised our bat licence training course to be delivered predominantly online, allowing you to study over the winter from the comfort of your own home/office. The standard training package costs £2600.

How our bat licence training works

Our main aim is to support you to achieve a bat survey licence. We recognise that you are an individual and that your experience and existing knowledge will differ from our other trainees. We also know that the timescales over which you want to learn and the money you can spend in any given year will also differ.

To reflect this, we have modified our bat licence training course into a bat licence training service. The bat licence training service is offered through a series of units delivered online via Zoom. Collectively these units cover the full breadth of knowledge and skills required. You can choose to book onto all units or just the ones you need to attend. Similarly, you can choose to complete all units in one year or spread it out over several; the latter is particularly helpful to spread the cost, as well as give you time to gain the extra-curricular experience required before the final assessment.

The full suite of training comprises eight 1-day online training sessions, delivered between November and June. We will assess you throughout through submission of work and meet with you to discuss your personal development. Once the theoretical and extra curricular elements are achieved we will then invite you for a final 3-day face to face final assessment course; these are delivered in late summer.

For full details, read our blog here.

Types of licence which can be obtained

We currently provide support and training to enable trainees to achieve a bat survey licence in England or Wales. Survey licences take a hierarchical approach and may permit one or more activity. These include:

Natural England survey or research licence 

  • Level 1 (CL17) – Disturb bats with a torch/without handling.
  • Level 2 (CL18) – Handle bats and use hand-held nets or an endoscope.

Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bat-licences#bat-survey-licences

Natural Resources Wales Personal Survey Licence 

  • Disturb bats without handling them.
  • Disturb and take bats by hand for identification and release.
  • Disturb and take bats by static hand net in roosts and outside roost entrances for identification and release.
  • Disturb hibernating bats without handling them.

Find out more: https://naturalresources.wales/permits-and-permissions/species-licensing/european-protected-species-licensing/bat-licensing/?lang=en

What do I need to learn?

Our bat licence training service uses the Bat Conservation Trust’s ‘Professional Training Standards’ as the basis for course content and assessment. The standard has twelve units:

  • Legislation, licensing and planning
  • Considerations for bat surveys
  • Ecological considerations for bat surveys
  • Preliminary ecological appraisal for bats
  • Bat roost inspection surveys – buildings built structures and underground sites
  • Bat roost inspection surveys – trees
  • Emergence/re-entry surveys – structures and trees
  • Bat activity and back tracking surveys
  • Advanced licence bat surveys
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Writing bat reports
  • Bat roost mitigation

    The aim of our training is to provide tuition and assessment to the level required to hold a level 2 Natural England licence (handling, hand net and endoscope) or a Natural Resources Wales Personal Survey Licence (with handling, hand net and endoscope endorsements)

    What we need you to do

    To receive a reference for a bat survey licence we need you to demonstrate all of the competencies in the Bat Conservation Trust’s Professional Training Standards. You can do this by completing all of the relevant assessments.

    Whilst we would love to be able to give you all of the experience required to pass the assessments, this would significantly increase the cost and deprive you of the opportunity of working with other bat workers. As such, we ask that by the final assessment course you have undertaken the following extracurricular activities:

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

    We ask that you submit evidence of these in the form of a bat logbook (template logbooks are available upon request).

     

    One-year study package

    This package offers the best value for money. It contains all of the training and assessments required to hold your own bat licence:

    • Legislation, licensing and planning
    • Considerations for bat surveys
    • Bat biology and ecology
    • Preliminary ecological appraisal for bats
    • Bat roost inspection surveys – buildings, built structures and underground sites
    • Bat identification and handling
    • Bat roost inspection surveys – trees
    • Emergence/re-entry surveys – structures and trees
    • Bat activity and back tracking surveys
    • Bat echolocation call analysis
    • Writing bat reports

    Cost: £2600

    What do you get:
    • Personal development review meetings with two trainers at the beginning middle and end of your training.
    • Access to monthly online Q&A sessions with a trainer.
    • Eight 1-day online training sessions. Sessions are delivered once a month, via Zoom, from November to June.
    • 3-day face to face, non-residential final assessment course. During this course we will prepare and assess you on; surveys of building and trees; handling and identification; and use of endoscopes and hand nets.
    • For successful candidates; two references for a bat survey licence.
    • As a BATS RTS alumni, you will also get access to our annual free CPD and networking day.

    Two-year study package

    For those who want to spread their training over two years, we have split our training content into year 1 introduction to bat surveying and year 2 intermediate bat survey skills.

    Introduction to bat surveying

    This package contains all of the following training content and assessments:

    • Legislation, licensing and planning
    • Considerations for bat surveys
    • Preliminary ecological appraisal for bats
    • Bat roost inspection surveys
    • Bat identification and handling
    • Emergence/re-entry surveys – structures and trees
    • Bat activity and back tracking surveys

    Cost: £800

    What do you get:
    • Personal development review meetings with two trainers at the beginning middle and end of your training.
    • Access to monthly online Q&A sessions with a trainer.
    • Four 1-day online training sessions, delivered via Zoom.
    Intermediate bat surveys skills

    This package contains all of the following training content and assessments:

    • Bat biology and ecology (Ecological considerations for bat surveys)
    • Bat identification and handling
    • Bat roost inspection surveys – trees
    • Bat echolocation call analysis
    • Writing bat reports

    Cost: £900

    What do you get:
    • Personal development review meetings with two trainers at the beginning middle and end of your training.
    • Access to monthly online Q&A sessions with a trainer.
    • Four 1-day online training sessions, delivered via Zoom.
    Final assessment course

    Once trainees have passed all of the theoretical assessments, trainees can then attend the  final assessment course.

    Cost: £1100

    What do you get:
    • 3-day face to face, non-residential final assessment course. During this course we will prepare and assess you on; surveys of building and trees; handling and identification; and use of endoscopes and hand nets.
    • As a BATS RTS alumni, you will also get access to our annual free CPD and networking day.

    Total cost of two-year package – £2800

     

    Course Dates

    Online sessions delivered once a month from November to June.

    Final assessment course delivered in late summer.

    Contact us to discuss your training needs and find our precise dates.

     
     
     

    More information

    Answers to some frequently asked questions