Introduction to Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

A one day course aimed at ecological consultants, ecology advisors and statutory bodies involved in undertaking or advising on professional level bat surveys. The course will introduce participants to 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. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the 3rd Edition of the Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines and will primarily focus on when they should be used and their pros and cons to supplement other non-invasive bat survey techniques. The course is suitable for experienced bat surveyors wishing to further their skills as a pre-curser to gaining practical experience to obtain advanced bat survey licences, as well as non-bat specialists that are required to consider impacts on bats.

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).


£5 for BCT members

A 10% discount is available for bookings of three or more places. This can be multiple places on the same course or booking three or more separate courses. Multiple places must be booked at the same time to receive the discount.

How to Apply


For more information email: or phone 020 7820 7169


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Key Information

Start date:

18th April 2018 at 9:30am




Bat Conservation Trust




Biodiversity, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


East Grinstead, United Kingdom

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