We organise a wide range of training courses for both volunteers and professionals. All of our professional courses have been developed to complement BCT's Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines and Professional Training Standards.

As part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme we run introductory bat detector workshops. These are designed to train new volunteers and enable existing volunteers to refresh their skills. Each workshop includes a classroom session on bat species call identification followed by an evening practical session in the field.

If your group would like to host a bat detector workshop in your area, then please email nbmp@bats.org.uk.

These workshops are introductory courses designed specifically for volunteers to carry out our surveys. Professionals are therefore kindly asked to allow places on these event to be taken up by volunteers, and to attend the training courses tailored towards carrying out survey work on a professional basis.

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Upcoming Sound Analysis Workshops


Introductory Sound Analysis Workshop - Online

16th July 2020 at 6.30 pm

This workshop provides an introduction to bat call analysis using sound analysis software. We will use Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope software as this can be downloaded free of charge, but the analysis techniques covered will be applicable to a range of different programs.

The workshop is aimed at volunteers and is ideal for beginners and also more experienced attendees who would like to brush up on their skills in bat sound analysis. Concessions are available for NBMP volunteers, BCT members and bat group members.


Introductory Sound Analysis Workshop - Online

22nd July 2020 at 6.30 pm

This workshop provides an introduction to bat call analysis using sound analysis software. We will use Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope software as this can be downloaded free of charge, but the analysis techniques covered will be applicable to a range of different programs.

The workshop is aimed at volunteers and is ideal for beginners and also more experienced attendees who would like to brush up on their skills in bat sound analysis. Concessions are available for NBMP volunteers, BCT members and bat group members.