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Arboriculture and bats: Scoping surveys for arborists

Target Audience: Arborists

"Very good introduction to bats in relation to ecology, the law and tree use." Course participant, 2017

This basic awareness course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, will help arborists to carry out tree works with consideration of the potential effects on bats and their habitats.

The course counts towards Arboricultural Association CPD requirements and participants will receive a Lantra awards attendance certificate. Please note this is a basic awareness course - it will not give arborists the knowledge or skills to carry out full bat surveys.   

This course is in line with the British Standard 8596 - Surveying for bats in trees and woodland.

Course content will include:

Arboriculture and bats (BCT/Louise Mapstone)
  • Bat biology
  • Bat ecology
  • Bats and the law
  • Potential tree roost recognition
  • Where to go for help
  • Emergency procedures
  • Practical exercise

Prior knowledge: None required

Upcoming dates and venues - more still to come

Date Venue Availability
18 April 2018 Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Spaces available
26 April 2018 Richmond Park, Surrey Fully booked - spaces still available for October
18 June 2018 Sherwood Forest, Notts Spaces available
11 October 2018 Richmond Park, Surrey Booking not yet open. Email to register your interest
TBC CSGN, Shotts, North Lanarkshire  

Register your interest in being informed about more course dates by emailing




£5 for Arb. Assoc. members and 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. (You might like to consider the follow-on course - Arboriculture and Bats - Secondary Roost Surveys for Arborists) 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


To book

To book a place on the course taking place on 18 April at Kingcombe Centre, Dorset, please click here

To book a place on course at CSGN, North Lanarkshire on 14 May please click here

To book a place on course at Sherwood Forest on 18 June 2018, please click here

To register your interest in the course taking place on 11 October 2018 at Richmond Park, Surrey, please email

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