Bat ecology and conservation

Bat ecology and conservation

Bat identification session with live bats (NB due to Covid security, currently unable to include live bats in the session) - Peter Crome

"Informative, enjoyable and very good value, highly recommended." - Course participant 2021

This one-day course is designed for those new to bat work. You will be given a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation.

Upcoming date: Autumn 2023

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We also have an online course for beginners offering similar content: British bats, their ecology and conservation

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Course content includes:

  • Bat taxonomy
  • UK species, range and distribution
  • Bat species identification
  • Bat physiology including adaptations to flight, echolocation, energetics
  • Life histories including life-cycle, mating strategies, pup development, roost composition and requirements, social behaviour
  • Feeding behaviour
  • Bat conservation and threats

Prior knowledge: None

CPD: A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded that can be used as evidence for CPD. This course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology as 24 CPD points.

Cost: £170 in person (includes course materials and certificate, lunch and refreshments)

Discounts: £5 for BCT members,

10% multi-buy discount if booking 3 or more course places

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