This course is suitable for professional ecologists working towards Natural England licences and will provide you with a knowledge of bat biology, habitat requirements, and practical experience of conducting roost assessments and detector surveys. Daytime work will include classroom-based theory sessions on identifying roost features on trees and buildings and give you an understanding of why certain habitats are more suitable for finding bats. Fieldwork during daytime and in the evening will let you practice these skills under the supervision of experienced surveyors and introduce you to planning and carrying out surveys with detectors.
• Understanding the ecology and habitat requirements of bats.
• Understanding the legislation protecting bats in the UK.
• Identifying potential roost features on trees and buildings.
• Planning surveys.
• The Mitigation Licence process and an introduction to completing applications.
• Using bat detectors and understanding sonogram characteristics of UK bat species.
• Identifying bat species in the field – during roost inspections and using bat detectors.
Venue: Abrehart Ecology Ltd, Bridge Farm, Friday Street, Brandeston, Suffolk, IP13 7BP