6th November 2019
This course will provide a look at the primary legislation in relation to bats (focused on Scotland), important bat identification features and key aspects of bat ecology. A range of roost types for different species will be discussed and pointers will be given on what to look out for in roost identification. Key bat survey requirements and methods will be reviewed, to allow delegates to gain a greater understanding of required methods in relation to current good practice guidance.
7th November 2019
The course will look at how and when to apply for a bat development licence (Scotland), writing a Species Protection Plan, potential impacts to bats and mitigation and compensation options. Various development types will be considered including buildings, new roads and wind farms. There will be examples of case studies and participants will be encouraged to take part in group discussion with their own examples.
9th November 2019
Confirmed talks and workshops so far Talks Radio tracking Whiskered bats, Lindsay MacKinley Bat care talks from Tracey Jolliffe and Gail Armstrong Bats and Thermal Imaging, Ian Baker The importance of reusing and recreating natural bat roosts in trees for positive conservation and mitigation outcomes, David Whyte, TD Tree and Land Services BCT update Spotlight on Bat Groups talks Workshops Workshops last up to 90 minutes. Delegates were able to choose one option from the following: - QGIS for bat groups, Steve Roe - Overview of the latest Titley equipment, Andrew Dobson - Introduction to Kaleidoscope viewer and Kaleidoscope Pro bat sound analysis software, Paul Howden-Leach - How to lead a bat walk, Naomi Webster - Is that a bat? Neil Middleton - Introduction to surveying trees for bats, TD Tree and Land Services Ltd. - Arts and Craft - Needle felting