Surveying trees for bats


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Date: 16 & 30 August 2023

Venue: Online (Zoom)

Times: 9am – 5pm

Course leader: Jim Mullholland

This course has been designed to improve delegates’ knowledge of how Potential Roost Features form and how bats use these for roosting. By better understanding both trees and bats, delegates will be able to plan and undertake more effective surveys.

This course follows the content set out in the Bat Conservation Trust’s Professional Training Standards. We will cover topics such as basic tree biology, Potential Roost Features, industry guidance, the staged assessment process and using Bat Tree Habitat Key data to inform surveys. 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 how Potential Roost Features develop in trees.
  • Describe how bats use a range of Potential Roost Features.
  • Identify a range of Potential Roost Features.
  • Explain the iterative staged assessment process of trees.
  • Select suitable survey methods, depending on the stage of the process.
  • Use Bat Tree Habitat Key data to inform surveys.

Pre-requisites: Bat biology and ecology course or equivalent.

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:

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