Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

Harp trap

Over three days and two nights, 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.

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.

"Spectacular location and an unforgettable experience!" 2019 course participant

Upcoming course: August 2020. Email training@bats.org.uk to register your interest in the course

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Course content will include:

  • Health and safety while working with bats
  • Bat ID
  • Harp traps and acoustic lures – theory and practice
  • Mist nets – theory and practice
  • Radio-tracking – theory and practice
  • 2 Evening practical sessions

"I think the course was great. The amount of classroom and field base work was a good balance." 2019 course participant

Prior knowledge: Please note that this is an advanced level course and not suitable for novices. Participants should already have a basic understanding and some experience of handling a variety of bat species of different sizes.

NB The course involves bat handling and participants will be required to wear gloves and must be able to provide proof of their rabies vaccinations (where applicable).

Tutors: Colin Morris and Nick Tomlinson

"Colin and Nick were extremely knowledgeable, very patient and helpful, and full of hilarious anecdotes" 2019 course participant

CPD: A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded that can be used as evidence for CPD.

Cost: £450 - includes refreshments, does not include dinner or accommodation. Accommodation suggestions - you may wish to do your own research for more options and current prices

Discounts: £5 for BCT members, 10% multi-buy discount if booking 3 or more course places

"Amazing - highly recommended" 2019 course participant

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