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Surveying for Bats in Woodlands

3-4 August 2017, Tortworth, Glos

Both Days: 10am - 5pm and 7pm - 12am (Evening sessions optional) 


Intermediate - Advanced



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*.

Learning outcomes

  1. 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)
  2. Identify what 'question(s)' the survey will seek to answer
  3. Choose an appropriate survey methodlogy to answer the 'question(s)'
  4. Implement surveys within sphere of professional expertise. Provide sufficient knowledge to delegates to enable them to engage a specialist when needed
  5. 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.

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

S1 Habitat / species survey design, planning and fieldwork
SM1 Scientific method design and implementation    
SM3 Interpretation and evidence based reporting

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


Jim Mullholland MCIEEM


For bookings made by Wednesday 21 June our Early Bird rates apply:
CIEEM members: £180/ Non-members: £320

For bookings made on or after Thursday 22 June
CIEEM members: £220/ Non-members: £360

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

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Date 03 Aug 2017 - 10:00
Location Tortworth Estate, Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
GL12 8HF
Website Book your place now
Organiser CIEEM
Telephone 01962 868626