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Survey and Monitoring of Road and Rail and Associated Mitigation Schemes for Bats: Pre, During and Post-construction

23 Feburary 2017, Leeds

10am - 4.30pm 

FULLY BOOKED

Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Overview

The expanding road and rail network has a significant impact on biodiversity through habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation.

This course will describe survey approaches for assessing the impact of road and rail on bat activity and diversity, suitable for pre-, during and post construction phases. It will also cover methods for assessing the effectiveness of mitigation structures (such as underpassess and green bridges) at increasing crossing permeability and safety for bats.

This comprehensive course will cover objective setting and survey design, fieldwork, data analysis and display, reporting and interpretation. Integral to this will be discussion of what the approach does and does not tell us and the importance of timing and intensity of survey.

Participants should have a basic understanding of bat detector surveys and the principles of other survey methods since the course integrates quantitative detector surveys with other methods to identify flightlines and key crossing points.

The course is based on best practice guidelines recently published by the course trainers, through Defra Research Contract WC1060. The report is a comprehensive guide in itself, but this course provides the opportunity to gain hands on experience with hardware, acoustic software, statistics and data presentation. Delegates will also be able to discuss the methods with the authors and with colleagues to help them design effective surveys for a variety of situations.

Learning outcomes

  1. Design and carry out quantitative, standardised bat surveys at the landscape scale around existing/proposed road and rail developments. Dealing with complex sites and constraints.
  2. Design and carry out quantitative, standardised surveys to test the effectiveness of mitigation for bats on road and rail developments. Dealing with complex sites and constraints.
  3. Analyse and present the data from surveys in the most effective and concise way 
  4. Interpret the results using rigorous evidence-based approaches
  5. Adapt and apply the scientific method to other situations

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

S1 Habitat/species survey design, planning and fieldwork
SM2 Analysis of data
SM3 Interpretation and evidence-based reporting

Who should attend?

Ecological consultants, local authority ecologists and planners, SNCO licensing staff, developers, students.

Please note participants should have a basic understanding of bat detector surveys and the principles of other survey methods.

Trainers

John Altringham and Anna Berthinussen

Cost

CIEEM members: £90

Non-members: £180

Course fee includes refreshments through the day but lunch is not included.

Event booking terms and conditions>>

Date 23 Feb 2017 - 10:00
Location University of Leeds,
Leeds
LS2 9JT
Website
Organiser This course is fully booked - if you wish your name to be placed on a reserve list, please e-mail enquiries@cieem.net
Email enquiries@cieem.net
Telephone 01962 868626