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 Surveying - Transect and Emergence Surveys Self Study Course

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£84
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Interested in bats? Working towards your bat licence? This course covers how to carry out activity surveys for bats including transect surveys and emergence surveys. It covers underlying principles, timings and duration of surveys, how to plan your survey, equipment needed, how to record your findings, and using bat detectors and it also has a practical demonstration of both an emergence survey and a transect survey.

Course Description:

This course comprises 3 videos:

Video 1: Bat Activity Surveys: Emergence and Transects classroom session giving underlying principles of how to plan and carry out surveys, timings of surveys, what you are looking for, equipment needed and health and safety considerations.

Video 2: How to do an emergence survey. Sue Searle, Principal Ecologist with 20 years bat experience takes you through the whole process of an emergence survey at a real site. Watch bats emerge and see how records are kept and what equipment was used.

Video 3: How to do a transect survey. Sue Searle takes you out to do a transect survey at a field/woodland site and shows planning the route, using bat detectors, stopping stations, making records of bat sightings and timings of the survey.

This is a great introduction to practical surveying of bats outside the roost.

Other courses that would complement this course is Introduction to Bats which covers the ecology, legislation, British bat species, bat habitats, conservation and more. Also Surveying Buildings for Bats which covers internal surveys of buildings, droppings, recording your findings and how to carry out an internal survey. Bats and Trees covers how bats use trees, what features to look for, survey methods and describing roost features.

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Questions?

Email ecologytraininguk@gmail.com or call Sue on 07818073660.


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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.

Pricing: 

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 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com otherwise please book online. We cannot take cheques or payments over the phone at this time.

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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.

Timings: 

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.

Location:

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 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com 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.”