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 (Tiverton, Devon): 23rd - 24th September 2019

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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 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. It was excellent to see bats up close and personal."

Location:

The course will be held at The Oak Room, 2C St Peter Street, Tiverton, EX16 6NU . The Training Room is 7 miles from the M5 motorway and Tiverton Parkway Station and a few minutes walk from the Tiverton Bus Station.

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.

Timings:

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.


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 ETUK20 at checkout to get 20% off the price for our one or two day introductory 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

We are happy to raise an invoice for you, however this service will incur a £10 charge. Please click here to complete an easy online booking form, and our finance manager shall be in touch with you shortly.

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:

Most of our courses are held at our Training Centre at The Granary, Westpoint, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ. However please check your course details as differences in 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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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.”