Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

Summary

This intermediate - advanced level training will provide participants with the information required to make informed decisions relating to survey design and implementation for advanced bat survey techniques including mist netting, harp trapping, radio tracking and ringing.

Description

The 3rd Edition of the Bat Conservation Trust's Good Practice Guidelines provides guidance on when advanced bat survey techniques may be utilised when standard techniques fail to collect sufficient data.

This course will focus on selecting and utilising a range of advanced survey techniques to effectively survey for bats when standard methods are insufficient. The training is delivered at an intermediate to advanced level and is designed to build on participants existing knowledge of UK bat ecology and standard survey methods.

The training will offer at least 18 hours of CPD and will be delivered through a mix of classroom presentations and fieldwork. Practical sessions include training on the set up of catching equipment and two evening catching session (weather dependent).

Across two days the course will include sessions on:

- Determining the need for survey and the desired outcomes.
- Determining the survey methods, and provide some practical experience on how to implement the survey.
- Interpretation of results and drawing conclusions.

The course seeks to provide an introduction to advanced techniques to provide delegates with a rounded knowledge of the topic. However, whilst this course will contain elements of practical survey techniques, such as bat catching, the course in itself will not provide sufficient experience to enable delegates to apply to hold their own bat survey licences*.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals who undertake surveys for bats, including ecological consultants, local authority ecologists, researchers and students.

Knowledge Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Prior Knowledge

A good understanding of UK bat ecology and basic survey methods is essential. The course will focus on selecting and utilising a range of advanced survey techniques to effectively survey for bats when standard methods are insufficient.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clearly identify why there is a need to use advanced bat survey techniques.
  • Identify what 'question(s)' the survey will seek to answer.
  • Choose an appropriate survey methodology to answer the 'question(s)'.
  • Implement surveys within sphere of professional expertise, and know when to engage a specialist.

Refreshments

Refreshments will be provided throughout each day of training. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £240.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £380.00