Introduction to Bat Ecology and Bat Surveys


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


This course will focus on the skills need by ecologists to carry out bat surveys, to a high standard, in line with current legislation and best practice. We will look at key aspects of bat ecology, important bat identification features and primary legislation in relation to bats. We will review key bat survey requirements and methods and how to prepare for surveys and select appropriate survey equipment. A range of roost types for the different species in the UK will be discussed, highlighting key roost signs, to aid roost identification.

Throughout the course we will also look at effective communication with clients, a crucial role of an ecologist, to ensure a positive outcome for bats.

The style of training will be a blend of presentation, case studies and scenarios with small group working.

A second day/more advanced course is offered, on assessing the impact of development on bats, enhancement and mitigation.


Session Date of session Session Times
Session 1 14 March 2024 10:00am - 13:00
Session 2 15 March 2024 10:00am - 13:00

Who Should Attend?

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

The trainer is 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

  • Expand knowledge of UK bat species, ecology and identification
  • Increase familiarity of main legislation relating to bats in the UK
  • Improve ability to recognise different types of bat roosts
  • Raise understanding of bat survey methods
  • Develop awareness of how to identify a bat roost


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00