Our Courses

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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

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

Find Out More

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

Find Out More
 

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


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.

28th - 29th May 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. The course provides participants with an understanding of how to replicate natural roosting requirements using chainsaws.

11th September 2020
£120

Course Details

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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


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.

28th - 29th May 2020
£240

Course Details

Download a Course Brochure


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

Download a Course Brochure


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

Download a Course Brochure


Need help choosing?

Contact Us

 

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.

Assessment

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.

Costs

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 are fully booked for 2020.

Please contact us if you’d like to be added to our list and we will contact you when we release the next set of dates.

Alternatively – check out our short courses.

 
 
 
 

More information

Answers to some frequently asked questions