Course: Advanced Bat Survey Techniques Level 2 (Field Skills)

Bat Conservation Trust

Wakehurst, West Sussex
20th - 22nd August 2018 02078207169 Naomi Webster

Cost: £450

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This three day course is aimed at ecological consultants involved in undertaking professional level bat surveys. The course introduces participants to the practical elements of advanced bat survey techniques such as trapping free flying bats and radio tracking mainly for the purposes of obtaining bat related data to inform development related projects and/or land management activities.

Over three afternoons and nights attendees will be given theoretical and practical experience of trapping bats using harp traps, mist nets and lures, radio-tracking and data analysis. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the 3rd Edition of 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.

The course will take place in West Sussex and data collected from the course will feed into current research taking place in the area. Participants will get the opportunity to take part in swarming surveys and radio tracking at a site that is regularly used by a range of species. Attendees will get the opportunity to gain experience in trapping techniques, radio-tracking and in the use of infra-red cameras to undertake surveys.

Course content will include:

  • Trapping surveys: scoping and design, equipment,
  • Radio-tracking: scoping and design, equipment,
  • Data analysis
  • Evening practical sessions

Prior knowledge: Please note that this is an advanced level course. Prior attendance on BCT's An introduction to advanced bat survey techniques course or the equivalent skills and knowledge is also preferable. The course does involve bat handling and participants will be required to wear gloves and must be able to provide proof of their rabies vaccinations.

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