An Introduction to Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

One day course for experienced bat surveyors wishing to further their skills and non-bat specialists considering impacts on bats. It introduces advanced bat survey techniques (trapping free-flying bats, radio tracking) and investigates the application of these techniques in line with Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines, Third Edition.

Course content will include:

  • Introduction to bat trapping and radio tracking, methods and applications
  • Overview of data analysis techniques and interpretation
  • When to require and how to scope advanced bat surveys
  • Legal (e.g licensing), ethical and safety considerations
  • Equipment, skills and resources*

*This will be a classroom based course, however equipment will be used to explain key concepts

Prior knowledge: Knowledge or experience of standard bat survey techniques, particularly bat activity surveys would be useful. This is the first of two courses on this subject – attendance on this course is required for our follow on advanced surveys course Advanced bat survey techniques level 2 (field skills).

This course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD, this event may be counted as 24 CPD credits.

These credits are valid only if attendees are registered on the Royal Society of Biology CPD Scheme.

Key Information

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£165 (£5 discounts for BCT members)


Bat Conservation Trust




Biodiversity, Ecology


AgeUK, Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire

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