Bat biology and ecology


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Dates: 14 & 28 June 2023

Venue: Online (Zoom)

Times: 9am – 5pm

Course leader: Jim Mullholland

This course has been designed to provide delegates with a broad knowledge of bat biology and ecology. By better understanding our different bat species, delegates will be able to plan and undertake more effective surveys for bats.

This course follows the content set out in the Bat Conservation Trust’s Professional Training Standards. We will cover topics such as bat life cycle, adaptations to flight, foraging preferences, mating strategies, roost selection & assemblages, torpor & hibernation and conservation challenges. Between the two sessions, there is a small amount of homework.

During the two online sessions delegates will participate in a range of activities specifically designed to be delivered online. Delegates will need access to the Google suite of programs (Drive, Docs, Jamboard, etc) to participate in these activities.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the bat life cycle.
  • Explain what bats require from a roost site, at different times of the year.
  • Describe how roosting requirements differ between species.
  • Describe different bat mating strategies.
  • Describe adaptations to flight and foraging.
  • Explain how bats use torpor and hibernation.
  • Identify a range of conservation challenges posed to UK bat species.

Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge is required.

Continuing Professional Development: 12 hours(certificate of attendance provided)

CIEEM Competency Framework links:

  • Key competency – S1 Habitat / species survey design, planning and fieldwork

Reading: It is recommended that delegates have access to the following texts:

Please see our Terms and Conditions before booking.