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Surveying for Bats

Target Audience: Ecological consultants- Foundation level

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to plan professional bat surveys, as well as learning practical survey skills and field sign identification.  Over two days you will cover survey objectives, desktop and scoping surveys, health and safety, identifying appropriate survey techniques, survey skills, field signs, architectural terms and assessment of roosts.

Surveying for bats (BCT/Paul Kennedy)

Course Content Includes: 

  • Identifying survey objectives
  • Planning surveys, including desktop and scoping surveys
  • Resource planning and costings
  • Health and safety, including risk assessments
  • Identifying appropriate survey techniques to meet survey objectives
  • Survey skills and field signs, including droppings
  • Build construction and architectural terms
  • Case studies and practical roost visits

Prior knowledge: Designed as a follow-up to Bat Ecology and Conservation and Using Bat Detectors.  If you are unsure about whether this course is the appropriate level, please contact the training team at BCT.

Equipment: Bat detectors and recording equipment.  BCT will provide a selection.  A full list of required equipment will be sent with pre-course pack.

2018 Dates and Venues

Dates Venue Availability
29 - 30 May Nettlecombe Court FSC, Taunton, Somerset Course over
Professional Training Standards met:
Foundation knowledge 1.2, 1.5
Preparation & planning of surveys 3.1-3.2
Survey techniques & equipment 4.1-4.3

In line with BCT's Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines, 3rd Ed.


£340 Non-residential
£398 Residential single accommodation


£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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