Surveying for bats

An ideal follow-on from BCT’s Bat Ecology and Conservation, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to plan professional bat surveys. You’ll learn practical survey skills and field sign identification; includes survey objectives, desktop and scoping surveys, identifying appropriate survey techniques, survey skills, field signs and assessment of roosts.

Course Content Includes: 

  • Identifying survey objectives
  • Planning surveys, including desktop and scoping surveys
  • Resource planning and costings
  • Health and safety, including risk assessments
  • Identifying appropriate survey techniques to meet survey objectives
  • Survey skills and field signs, including droppings
  • Build construction and architectural terms
  • Case studies and practical roost visits

Prior knowledge: Designed as a follow-up to Bat Ecology and Conservation and Using Bat Detectors.  If you are unsure about whether this course is the appropriate level, please contact the training team at BCT.

Equipment: Bat detectors and recording equipment.  BCT will provide a selection.  A full list of required equipment will be sent with pre-course pack.

Professional Training Standards met:Foundation knowledge1.2, 1.5Preparation & planning of surveys3.1-3.2Survey techniques & equipment4.1-4.3

In line with BCT’s Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines, 3rd Ed.

Key Information

Start date:


£340 non-residential, £398 residential (£5 discount for BCT members)


Bat Conservation Trust




Biodiversity, Ecology


Nettlecombe Court FSC, Somerset

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