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.

Upcoming bat detector workshops

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7th June 2019 - Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

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8th June 2019 - Bury, Greater Manchester

The Lamppost Café, Woodhill Road, Burrs Country Park. If you have a bat detector but don’t have loads of experience in using it, this course is for you. The workshop will equip you for the National Bat Monitoring Programme.

To book, contact Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850


22nd June 2019 - Northbay, Isle of Barra

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29th June 2019 - Neath Port Talbot, Wales

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More dates and locations to be added soon. If you are interested in hosting an NBMP workshop then please email nbmp@bats.org.uk.