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Training & best practice for professionals

The Bat Conservation Trust works across many sectors to help all those whose work brings them in to contact with bats, from ecological consultants to roofers. We provide:

We have also helped develop the bat planning toolkit to take you though the process of planning for bats.

We are working with professional bodies, Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations, government, industry and the British Standards Institute to raise standards and advocate best practice.  Current work focusses on establishing a British standard for woodland bat monitoring and raising best practice in ecological consultancy.

Why is best practice and standards so important in ecological consultancy?

Our work to set and raise standards and best practice is crucial in aiding the ecological consultancy profession in effectively conserving the species under ever increasing development pressures.

Bats and their roosts are protected by law in an effort to conserve our native bat populations which suffered huge declines last century.  The current wildlife laws protect the most threatened species of this country. Building developers must by law ensure their development will not impact significantly on such species, so developers commission ecological consultants to carry out surveys for protected species. Bats, as small nocturnal animals can often go unnoticed, as a result, bat surveys need to be carried out by experienced and well qualified professionals to assess the presence of bats and to plan provision for them in a development. Sufficient survey work is required to accompany the planning application to effectively assess impacts and design-in appropriate mitigation.  The existing legal and policy framework relating to bats demands high standards and competency within the ecology profession as a whole.

Ecological consultants that work in accordance with best practice play a major role in ensuring that sustainable development happens legally with respect to wildlife, and ensuring that impacts to protected species are properly mitigated. By following best practice consultants can ensure that habitats are enhanced appropriately, so that protected species and habitats are considered and are not destroyed.

Our work with the ecological consultancy industry

The role of an ecological consultant is very important for conservation and ensuring building and development meets the needs of people, wildlife and the environment. The Bat Conservation Trust work aims to ensure ecological consultants can consistently deliver conservation that benefits bats and people.  Guidelines and standards allow us to work in an approved and consistent way in order to achieve the most effective outcomes for bats and bat conservation.

BCTs work with the professional body for ecologists, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), aims to enable the professional ecology industry to deliver benefits for both bats and people. The Bat Conservation Trust publishes the Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines, and has recently launched Professional Training Standards for ecological consultants. We also run a suite of training courses aimed at, and delivered by experienced professional ecologists.

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