Exiting roost

Introduction to Bat Surveys – CIEEM Training Course

Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 am  to  4:00 pm


The course will provide a general overview of bat ecology, legislation in the context of surveys and licensing. The course is class-based with a short break-out session to cover the practical side of bat assessments of trees and buildings. We will introduce the skills needed to assess buildings and trees in terms of their potential to support roosting bats. This will include technical architectural and arboricultural terms, field signs of bat activity, types of roosting features bats can use and making assessments. We will discuss the aspects of further bat surveys, including describing echolocation and the use of bat detectors. We also provide an introduction to sonogram analysis and the software available including BatSound, Kaleidoscope, BatExplorer and Analook.

Training is delivered through a combination of presentations and case studies. Delegates will also be putting theory into practice with assessment of trees and buildings as well as practical use of analysis software. The day will be closed out with a group question and answer session.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understanding of bat ecology
  2. Context of legislation, licensing and planning for bat surveys
  3. Principle and process of bat roost assesments on trees and buildings
  4. Beginners guide to sound analysis and the software available

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

  • S1 Habitat/species survey design, planning and fieldwork
  • SM2 Analysis of Data
  • P3 Advising on requirements of policy, legislation and standards

Who should attend?

Professsional ecologists early in their career and ecology graduates and students.

No previous experience of bat surveys is required.



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