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Introduction to Bat Ecology and Bat Surveys

24 April 2017, Wareham, Dorset

10am – 5pm






When an ecologist starts working in a commercial environment or for a local authority they need to have the following skills to carry out bat surveys; a good understanding of bat ecology, a working knowledge of bat law, are able to survey properly using the right equipment and can analyse and interpret results to write good, succinct reports.This training will offer an introduction to these topics for those with no or limited knowledge of bats and provides the base knowledge on which delegates can build after the course.

Sessions will also cover how to communicate effectively and openly with clients before and after a bat survey, ie, ability to talk to the client about the survey and the results, explain the ramifications for the client and how they are going to work with the client to ensure a smooth running of the project, whilst ensuring that bats are protected and the law is followed.

The trainers will use a range of resources during the training, including presentations, question and answer sessions, a field visit and practical surveying skills.

There will be the option of an evening bat survey on 24 April. Venue and time tbc. A second day / more advanced course is offered the following day on bats, impact assessment and mitigation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. An understanding of bat ecology and bat identification
  2. Knowledge of wildlife law in relation to bats and bat roosts
  3. Working knowledge of bat survey techniques and survey methods
  4. Be able to interpret and report on survey results
  5. Be able to effectively communicate with clients in a professional manner

CIEEM areas of competency to be developed in the training

S1 Habitat / species survey design, planning and fieldwork
S2 Species identification, handling and evaluation
SM1 Scientific method design and implementation

Who should attend?

Ecology graduates and students, Developers, planners, ecological consultants.

The trainers are also offering a second day/or more advanced course the following day on bats, impact assessment and mitigation.


Katie Pollard MCIEEM and Danny Alder MCIEEM


For bookings made by Saturday 11 March our Early Bird rates apply:
CIEEM members: £90 / Non-members: £160

For bookings made on or after Sunday 12 March:
CIEEM members: £110 / Non-members: £180

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

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Date 24 Apr 2017 - 10:00
Location Carey Outdoor Education Centre,
Carey Camp,
BH20 7PB
Organiser CIEEM
Telephone 01962 868626