Introduction to Bats and Bat Survey


This course will provide a look at the primary legislation in relation to bats (focused on Scotland), important bat identification features and key aspects of bat ecology. A range of roost types for different species will be discussed and pointers will be given on what to look out for in roost identification. Key bat survey requirements and methods will be reviewed, to allow delegates to gain a greater understanding of required methods in relation to current good practice guidance.

There will be examples of case studies including survey for different types of development (e.g. buildings, wind farm, roads, trees). Reference will primarily be made to Scottish bat species.

Opportunity will be given for questions and discussion of survey queries and experiences.

Weather permitting, the afternoon will include a field session (local to the area) where delegates will look at some buildings / structures / trees in relation to bat roost potential and time permitting there may be opportunity to assist with some bat box checks.

Who Should Attend?

Ecology graduates and students, developers, planners, ecological consultants.

The trainer is also offering a second day/or more advanced course the following day on bat impacts and mitigation.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of legislation relating to bats (primarily Scotland)
  • Increased knowledge of scottish bat species, lifecycle and identification
  • Increased knowledge of bat roost types
  • Increased undertanding of bat survey methods
  • Increased awareness of how to identify a bat roost


Course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00