Using bat detectors

7th October 2021

This one day course offers an introduction to the use of bat detectors and the basic identification of bat calls for professional bat surveys.

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Secondary Roost Surveys for Arborists

11th October 2021

This in-person course follows on from our Scoping surveys for arborists course and teaches participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey including use of an endoscope. You will explore in more depth the practical skills needed in the field, the methods that can be used to rule out the potential of features as suitable bat roosts, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and be given guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence.

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British bats, their ecology and conservation - 6 session course

14th October 2021

Online course with 6 live, weekly workshops lasting 60 minutes online with opportunities to interact with the tutors on Zoom and ask your questions. Recordings of each session will be available afterwards for 1 month. You can book individual sessions if you are particularly interested in one or two topics, or book all six for a full overview of British bats.

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Bats for Heritage Professionals

18th November 2021

Online course over 2 afternoons with a practical task to complete in between. Bat awareness is important for anyone working or volunteering on heritage buildings. Based on guidance prepared by Historic England, Natural England, English Heritage, the National Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to:- - Identify, by visual inspection, any features in buildings that could be a potential bat roost site - Summarise the life cycle of bats in the UK and describe the best time for carrying out works in relation to the bat calendar - Exercise judgement about when to contact appropriate specialists for assistance at a suitable stage in the building inspection/work process - Recognise the consequences of acting without due consideration when carrying out works on buildings, which results in bat or roost destruction or disturbance.

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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

3rd August 2022

Over three days and two nights, attendees will be given theoretical and practical experiences of acoustic lures, harp traps, mist nets and radio tracking. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the BCT’s Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines.

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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

30th August 2022

Over three days and two nights, attendees will be given theoretical and practical experiences of acoustic lures, harp traps, mist nets and radio tracking. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the BCT’s Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines. The course is suitable for experienced bat surveyors wishing to gain practical experience towards obtaining advanced bat survey licences. Data collected from the course will feed into current research taking place in the area. The field sites are in Dorset and 13 species of bats have been caught in the area.

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