Bat Ecology and Survey


This one day course delivered by Emma Boston will provide an introduction to key knowledge and skills necessary for undertaking professional bat work in the UK and Ireland.

The course will introduce bat legislation, bat ecology and identification. It will provide an overview of the bat survey types and requirements following the latest good practice guidance, through presentations, demonstrations, case studies and a site visit to known bat roosts.

The course aims to inform those who are new to professional bat survey work, as well as those who have some previous experience but would like to learn more about the various survey techniques.

Delegates will gain a good understanding of bat ecology, the ability to differentiate bat species, a working knowledge of bat law and licencing, 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 reports.

There will be a short field trip in the afternoon where delegates will look at some buildings/structures in relation to bat roost potential, and the option of an evening bat survey on site (weather permitting) where up to 8 bat species are known to be present.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological consultants, students, NGO’s, local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers, environmental managers, rangers.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

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.
  • Understand why and when we undertake professional bat surveys.
  • Identify the different approaches to surveying for bats professionally.
  • Be able to interpret and report on survey results.


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


Tickets Person(s) Price (£) Price (€)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00 €156.85
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00 €226.60