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Bat Licence Training

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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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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Our Courses

Broaden your professional scope

Bat Licence Training

For those seeking to achieve a bat survey licence

Learn predominately online

Only pay for the training you require

Payment packages are available

Find Out More

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 Programme

For those seeking to achieve a bat licence

Our Bat Licence Training Programme is delivered predominantly online, allowing you to study the theory over the winter from the comfort of your own home/office. In the survey season we have five days in the field, allowing you to put theory into practice.
The standard training package starts at £2900.

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 Programme. The Bat Licence Training Programme is offered through a series of units delivered online (via Zoom) and in person. 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 October and April), 
  • Two field days (May and August). On these days we tackle Preliminary Roost Assessments of both buildings and trees. We also work on your hands-on skills (handling, identification, use of endoscopes and hand nets). 
  • Three-day final assessment course (September). 

We will assess you throughout by asking you to complete a series of assignments. We will meet with you at various points during your training to discuss your progression and set targets. 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 in September.

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/apply-for-a-protected-species-licence/bat-licences-for-surveys-and-conservation-work/?lang=en

 

Course Dates

Online sessions delivered once a month from October to April.

Field days in May and August.

Final assessment course delivered in September.

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

 
 
 

Short Courses

For those looking to bolster their experience


COVID-19 UPDATE

Note – We are not running any short courses in 2022. You can find the details on historic short courses below, which we hope to resume in 2023.

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


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.

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.
£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.

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come. £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

 

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.


£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.

 

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.


£240

Course Details

Download a Course Brochure


Need help choosing?

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Short Courses

For those looking to bolster their experience


COVID-19 UPDATE

Note – We are not running any short courses in 2022. You can find the details on historic short courses below, which we hope to resume in 2023.

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


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.

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.

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.

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.

Course Details

Download a Course Brochure


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

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.

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.

This course is not running in 2022.

2023 dates to come.

Course Details

Download a Course Brochure


Need help choosing?

Contact Us

 

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