Introduction to Bat Ecology and Bat Surveys

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The course provides an introduction to key skills, experience and knowledge necessary for undertaking professional bat work in the UK.


To carry out bat surveys professional ecologists will need the following skills; a good understanding of bat ecology, the ability to differentiate between bat species, a working knowledge of bat law, an ability to assess the need for surveys, to plan and prepare for surveys and select appropriate equipment and resources and be able to analyse and interpret results in order to write good, succinct reports.

Throughout the course the trainers will highlight how to communicate effectively and openly with clients before, during and after a bat survey using their own experiences.

Presentations, discussions, case studies and a short site visit will help illustrate key aspects of the topics.

A second day / more advanced course is offered the following day on bats, impact assessment and mitigation.

Who Should Attend?

Ecology graduates and students, developers, planners, ecological consultants, SNCO & NGO staff.

The trainers are also offering a second / more advanced course the following day focusing on bats, impact assessment and mitigation.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

This course is for those who are new to professional bat work or with limited experience. There is no specific knowledge, skill or experience required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of bat ecology and bat identification.
  • Knowledge of wildlife law in relation to bats and bat roosts.
  • Be able to interpret and report on survey results.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with clients in a professional manner.


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
Member Ticket 1 £110.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00