Surveying for Bats in Woodlands


This course will be delivered at an intermediate to advanced level and is designed to build on participants existing knowledge of UK bat ecology and standard survey methods.


This course will be delivered at an intermediate to advanced level and is designed to build on participants existing knowledge of UK bat ecology and standard survey methods.The training will seek to provide participants with information to make informed decisions relating to survey design and implementation for surveying for bats in woodlands. This will mainly focus on activity surveys (including bat detectors and catching techniques) but will also discuss surveys of trees as potential roost sites.

The course will include sessions on:

Determining the need for survey and the desired outcomes.
Determining the survey methods and provide some practical experience on how to implement the survey
How to analyse the results to enable conclusions to be drawn.

The training will be delivered through a mix of classroom presentations and fieldwork (to include setting up of catching equipment and up to two, optional evening catching sessions).

The 3rd Edition of the Bat Conservation Trust’s Good Practice Guidelines provides guidance on when advanced bat survey techniques may be utilised when standard techniques fail to collect sufficient data. The course seeks to provide an introduction to advanced techniques to provide delegates with a rounded knowledge of the topic. However, whilst this course will contain elements of practical survey techniques such as bat catching, the course in itself will not provide sufficient experience to enable delegates to apply to hold their own bat survey licences*.

Who Should Attend?

Developers, industrial operators and land managers, local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s,  ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens, rangers

Knowledge Level

Intermediate – Advanced

Learning Outcomes

  • Clearly identify why there is a need to survey a woodland for bats (i.e. to inform impact assements, management plans, specific research needs, etc)
  • Identify what ‘question(s)’ the survey will seek to answer
  • Choose an appropriate survey methodlogy to answer the ‘question(s)’
  • Implement surveys within sphere of professional expertise. Provide sufficient knowledge to delegates to enable them to engage a specialist when needed
  • Analyse the results in relation to original ‘question(s)’ to enable  a conclusion to be drawn
  • Please note: this training is primarily focused on techniques and survey design for woodland bat surveys and, not necessarily related to an impact assessment.

    *Bat Licences in the UK are issued by Natural England, NRW, SNH and NIEA. Two licensed referees are required for any application. As references should be based on the observation of a person’s skills over an extended period of time, CIEEM does not provide references. We do however provide a certificate confirming completion of the training which will help in the assessment of your application.


Course fee includes refreshments throughout each day but lunch is not included.

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CIEEM Member: £110 / Non-member: £180






Ecology, Workshop & Practical Skills



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