Course: Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

Bat Conservation Trust

Swanage, Dorset
2nd - 6th / 17th - 20th September 2024

Cost: £580

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Combining 1 theory day online with three days and two nights in Dorset, 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. It is also possible to just book the online theory day if you are already involved with practical activities locally. 

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

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 including an introduction to the triple-high mist net system
  • Radio-tracking – theory and practice
  • Introduction to and overview of bat ringing
  • 2 Evening practical sessions

"I think the course was great. The amount of classroom and field based 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 masks and any other Covid PPE and precautions. They must also be able to provide proof of their rabies vaccinations (where applicable).

Cost: £580 - includes refreshments, does not include dinner or accommodation. 

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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