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Bat Ecology and Conservation

Target Audience: Ecological consultants- Foundation level, amateur enthusiasts wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding

This one-day course is designed for those new to bat work. You will be given a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation. You will learn about the different UK species, range and distribution, bat conservation and threats, bat taxonomy, physiological adaptations, life histories, foraging ecology, life cycle, roosting requirements and bat identification.

Brown long-eared bat (BCT)

Course Content Includes: 

  • Bat taxonomy
  • UK species, range and distribution
  • Bat species identification (in the hand) - with live bats
  • Bat physiology including adaptations to flight, echolocation, energetics
  • Life histories including life-cycle, mating strategies, pup development, roost composition and requirements, social behaviour
  • Feeding behaviour
  • Bat conservation and threats

Prior knowledge: None

Equipment: None


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.


2018 Dates and Venues

Dates Venue Availability
04 May Juniper Hall FSC Centre, Dorking, Surrey Fully booked
20 Sept Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster Places Available
Professional Training Standards met
Foundation knowledge 1.1-1.5
Bat identification 5.1




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

£25 discount if booking Using Bat Detectors as well, contact the training department for the discount code. Phone: 020 7820 7169

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

 You can book a place on the course at Potteric Carr in September by clicking here

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