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.

If booking onto a workshop please read our Privacy Policy for workshop attendees.

Upcoming bat detector workshops


Workshops are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime we are planning some online training sessions. Details will be published here when they are finalised.