Bat Ecology & Survey Techniques

Learn about bats and how we survey them under the guidance of Education Officer and ‘everything bat’ enthusiast Laura Ashfield. She will begin the evening in the classroom where she will discuss the 17 British species of bat including their life cycle, habitat and feeding patterns. She will then teach you how the  Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Ecology Services team conducts professional bat surveys using the latest technology to record their findings.

It will then be your turn to conduct a survey using this equipment.  Bring a chair, torch, blanket and a flask for your hour in the woods monitoring the bat activity of Nower Wood.

Finally, you will reconvene in the classroom at the end of the evening to discuss your findings over a well deserved cuppa.

Tutor Profile – Laura Ashfield

Laura has been “batty about bats” since her university days when she wrote a paper about them and their behaviour.  She has helped with ecological bat surveys for consultancy firms and led countless bat walks for local community groups, the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Parks.  By day she works for the Surrey Wildlife Trust engaging with school communities, increasing their connection with, and encouraging them to take action for nature.

How to Apply


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Key Information

Start date:

1st September 2022 at 7:00pm


members £25, non-members £37


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Nature & Wildlife


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

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