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An introduction to advanced bat survey techniques

Target audience: Ecological consultants - advanced level

A one day course aimed at ecological consultants, ecology advisors and statutory bodies involved in undertaking or advising on professional level bat surveys. The course will introduce participants to advanced bat survey techniques such as trapping free flying bats and radio tracking mainly for the purposes of obtaining bat related data to inform development related projects and/or land management activities. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the 3rd Edition of the Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines and will primarily focus on when they should be used and their pros and cons to supplement other non-invasive bat survey techniques. The course is suitable for experienced bat surveyors wishing to further their skills as a pre-curser to gaining practical experience to obtain advanced bat survey licences, as well as non-bat specialists that are required to consider impacts on bats.

Course content will include:

  • Introduction to bat trapping and radio tracking, methods and applications
  • Overview of data analysis techniques and interpretation
  • When to require and how to scope advanced bat surveys
  • Legal (e.g licensing), ethical and safety considerations
  • Equipment, skills and resources*

*This will be a classroom based course, however equipment will be used to explain key concepts

Prior knowledge: Knowledge or experience of standard bat survey techniques, particularly bat activity surveys would be useful. This is the first of two courses on this subject - attendance on this course is required for our follow on advanced surveys course Advanced bat survey techniques level 2 (field skills).


This course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD, this event may be counted as 24 CPD credits.

These credits are valid only if attendees are registered on the Royal Society of Biology CPD Scheme.

2017 dates and venues

Dates Venue Availability
18 April Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead, West Sussex Course over

We can also deliver this as an inhouse course. To discuss your needs and costs for an inhouse course please contact the training team.




£5 for BCT members (Join today to receive your discount!)

A 10% discount is available for bookings of three or more places. This can be multiple places on the same course or booking three or more separate courses. Multiple places must be booked at the same time to receive the discount. To take advantage of this discount you will need to book three or more courses/places through our online booking system, at the payment page select "pay by invoice". Please then contact the training team so that your discount can be applied.

NB: Corporate members may be entitled to additional discounts. Click here for more information on becoming a corporate member


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