Introductory Short Courses

These carefully designed courses, particularly aimed at budding ecologists, are suitable for beginners and are taught by practicing ecologists. Our courses offer a mixture of classroom and practical field work to  help reinforce new knowledge and skills.

Bat Ecology and Surveying (Exeter): 27th & 28th September 2021

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Interested in bats? Working towards your bat licence? This 2 day course will cover many of the essential elements required to get a bat licence, as outlined in the Bat Worker's Manual. This is an intensive introduction for future bat workers.

Course Description:

This introductory level 2 day course will be part classroom and part field based and will be taught by an experienced bat ecologist from Ecology Training UK.

Day 1- Bat Ecology And Conservation

  • Bat species in the UK, their habitats and distributions
  • Bat taxonomy and relationships to other mammals
  • Bat biology including adaptations, life strategies, senses, physiological specialisations.
  • Bat food and feeding, echolocation
  • Bat seasons and diurnal rhythms including social behaviour, colony formation, roost sites, hibernation, maternity colonies.
  • Bat conservation - threats to bats including habitat loss, loss of roosts, pesticides and persecution
  • Bats and the law - legal status and licences
  • Training for your bat license
  • Bat ID in the hand (PowerPoint and bats/keys)
  • Evening bat survey and use of basic detectors

Day 2 - Bat Survey Techniques

  • Health and safety - in and around buildings, night work
  • Bat droppings and other bat signs
  • Assessing buildings - bat potential, bat signs, seasonal use (site visit)
  • Case studies
  • Bat activity surveys
  • Emergence surveys
  • Frequency of survey
  • Looking at maps and aerials to assess foraging and commuting routes
  • Presenting your findings
  • Use of bat detectors and other equipment

Please note that in order to successfully apply for a bat licence you need to have a high level of survey experience and knowledge. This course aims to provide you with a good background knowledge of bats as you work towards your bat licence, but you will also need to put a lot of your own time and effort into achieving this.

"Jam packed with useful and interesting information for anyone starting a career in bat ecology"

"I really enjoyed learning about bat ecology and dealing with many different scenarios."

"Thank you again for a fantastic course, I had a really great time learning more about our bats!!"


The course will be held at St Luke’s Church Rooms, 32 School Lane, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 6LB. The Training Room is not far from the motorway so is easy to reach by car. There are also fairly frequent buses from the centre of Exeter, so arriving by public transport is a feasible option

Directions and a list of local accommodation will be provided when you book.

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book.


On the first day the course will start at 10 am. In the evening we will meet for a meal (optional) and a bat survey that will finish during late evening (depending on sunset time). On the second day the course will commence at 9:30am and finish at around 4:00 pm.

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Email or call Sue on 07818 073 660.

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General Course Information

The following general information is applicable to most of our Introductory Courses, however some courses have specific information so please read your course description carefully. If you have further questions, please visit our FAQs section.


Are you a full-time student, full-time volunteer or are you unemployed? Please enter the code 9GZNBNH7UV5Z at checkout to get 20% off the price for our one or two day introductory or online courses. This code IS NOT VALID for advanced courses. Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of your student / volunteer / unemployed status on the day you attend the course.

Our one-day introductory courses cost £120 per person

Our two-day introductory courses cost £220 per person

If you require an invoice then please email otherwise please book online. We cannot take cheques or payments over the phone at this time.

To request an invoice please state:

  • company name and address
  • purchase order number (if applicable)
  • course title/date
  • delegate name.

What to bring: 

You will need to bring a packed lunch for each course day, bring a drink bottle for the field visit. Drinks are available during the classroom sessions. Please also check your specific course details as you may be required to bring additional equipment.


Our introductory courses usually commence at 10am and finish at around 4-4.30pm, however please check your specific course details as differences in timings are stated in the course description. For example two-day courses tend to finish later on the first day.


Our courses are held at various locations including Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Hampshire and Surrey. Please check your course details as locations are stated in the course description.

In case you need to stay overnight nearby the course location, we will provide you with a list of local accommodation once you have gone through checkout.

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If you would like to register your interest and be the first to know about our next available dates for any of our courses, please email making sure you state the course you are interested in and we will put you on the list and let you know about next available dates.

This is what some of our students have said about our introductory level courses:

“I’m positive that this experience has helped me gain employment in the ecology sector.”

“Sue has a great knack to empower the field botanist in you.”

“I very much enjoyed the course and was surprised by how much we were able to fit in. I would definitely come on another course! Thanks very much!”

I would whole heartedly recommend this course to anyone looking to brush up on their field skills.”