This one-day course provides an introduction to bat identification skills, bat handling and collection of biometric data. The course includes both classroom learning and practical handling and identification of both education bats and preserved specimens. This course uses a combination of presentations and practical sessions to provide participants with the skills necessary to identify British bat species and to safely and competently handle live bats. Attendees will also learn how to sex a bat, age as adult or juvenile, weigh and measure, and establish a bat’s reproductive status. The practical sessions will include live education bats, and use a minimum of three different species. The use of live bats will be subject to the on-the-day welfare of the individual bats. Participants will learn how to use identification keys and have the opportunity to practice using these on a wider range of preserved specimens.
This course WILL NOT cover species identification using bat detectors or sound analysis, or from droppings.
||Saturday 1st June 2019 at 9:30am
||Saturday 1st June 2019 at 5:00pm