5 hours
2 modules
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Interested in bats and want to know more? Working towards your bat licence? This online self-study course will cover much of the essential knowledge required to get a bat licence in terms of background knowledge on ecology, conservation, threats and legislation.

Before you book this course you may want to do our more comprehensive Bat Ecology and Surveying online course instead!

It’s much better value and includes this course and much more! 

Course Description:

This introductory level course is delivered via video by Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM who has 20 years experience as a bat ecologist in the UK.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Bat taxonomy and relationships to other mammals
  • Bat biology including adaptations, life strategies, senses, physiological specialisations.
  • Bat reproduction
  • Bat food, feeding and echolocation
  • Bat seasons, roost sites, hibernation, maternity colonies.
  • Bat conservation – threats to bats including habitat loss, loss of roosts, pesticides and persecution
  • Bats and rabies
  • Bats and the law – legal status and licences

At the end of the course you will take a quiz and if you get over 70% you will receive a certificate.

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, especially in terms of survey time.

What our students say about the course:

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

” A great introduction to bats with good coverage of a large range of subjects.”

“I have recently completed the online Introduction to Bats course which was fantastic. It was a very informative course and delivered very well, and I really liked the fact that I could stop and make notes at my own speed and research around the topic also. I really did learn a lot from the course and it has really encouraged me to do more of your courses so I can build upon this new knowledge, so thank you.

How the course is delivered:

The course is delivered as a video and you will also be provided with a handout of the talk. At the end of the course you will take a short quiz and if you get 70% or more you will receive a certificate.


The running time of this video is 1hr 55mins but you will want to spend time stopping the video to take notes and do research so allow 4-5 hours to complete this.


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