Introduction to bats and artificial lighting - e-learning module

18th July 2024

Independent e-learning that can be completed at your convenience. Learn about the latest research and guidance on bats and artificial lighting. A good foundation module for anyone wanting to develop their understanding of basic bat ecology, the impacts of artificial lighting and the latest mitigation techniques.

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NBMP Level 2 bat detector workshop - Friday 19th July 2024

19th July 2024

This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field. The focus is on pipistrelles, noctule, serotine and Daubenton's bat as these illustrate a range of different bat sounds. *Attendees can leave early if they need to. The workshop will be led by Edward Wells.

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NBMP Level 1 bat detector workshop online (Zoom)- Monday 22nd July 2024

22nd July 2024

This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session featuring videos, activities and quizzes. It is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to using a tuneable heterodyne bat detector and fundamental species identification skills, and enable them to participate in a UK-wide survey as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). The focus is on the NBMP Waterway Survey, how to separate big bats and small bats, and on identification of pipistrelles and Daubenton's bat. The workshop will be led by Philip Briggs.

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NBMP Level 1 Bat Detector Workshop, Innerpeffray Library, Crieff, Perthshire, 25th July 2024

25th July 2024

This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. It is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to using a tuneable heterodyne bat detector and fundamental species identification skills, and enable them to participate in a UK-wide survey as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). The focus is on the NBMP Waterway Survey, how to separate big bats and small bats, and on identification of pipistrelles and Daubenton's bat. The workshop will be led by Andrea Hudspeth.

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Scoping Surveys for Arborists - online

1st August 2024

In this Lantra-accredited course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, we will provide you with the awareness of bat ecology, behaviour and legal knowledge you need to carry out tree works with consideration for the potential effects on bats and their habitats. Through a self-guided practical task, our expert tutors will also help you to practice applying method for assessing bat potential trees, identifying any risk of roost destruction or bat disturbance and, where necessary, to seek assistance. This course is the first in a series of 2 courses is designed for to give arboriculture professionals a comprehensive awareness of bats. Participants do not need any prior knowledge before attending this course. Please note this is a basic awareness course - it will not give participants the knowledge or skills to carry out full bat surveys. Enquire for discount details: training@bats.org.uk

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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

2nd September 2024

Combining 1 theory day online with three days and two nights in Dorset, 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. It is also possible to just book the online theory day if you are already involved with practical activities locally. 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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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

17th September 2024

Combining 1 theory day online with three days and two nights in Dorset, 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. It is also possible to just book the online theory day if you are already involved with practical activities locally. 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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British bats, their ecology and conservation - 6 session course

7th November 2024

Online course with 6 live, weekly workshops lasting 60-90 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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Secondary Roost Surveys for Arborists

28th November 2024

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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