5 hours
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Interested in bats? Working towards your bat licence? This short introduction to surveying buildings for bats will be both relevant and interesting! If you are working towards your bat licence it is one of the elements you need to cover.

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! 

We have designed this course to give you foundation knowledge of the principles of surveying buildings for bats and includes ‘going out’ to assess a couple of buildings. It is in the form of videos hosted by a Principal Ecologist and experienced bat worker with over 20 years’ experience.

The course covers surveying buildings for bats which is both interesting and informative and forms part of your training for a bat licence.

It covers a range of useful topics including identifying bat signs, basic architectural terms, health and safety, how to carry out a survey, data recording and licensing. You will gain lots of tips and information to be able to carry out bat surveys (with a licensed bat worker).

Other Details:

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People who want to pursue a career in conservation or ecological consultancy.
  • People who want a better understanding of surveying for bats.
  • People interested in working towards their bat licence.

Course format: This short course is in two parts and delivered as videos prepared by a bat worker with over 20 years’ experience.

Video 1 covers the principles behind surveying for bats in buildings – identifying bat signs, health and safety, survey aims, roost type assessment, data recording and licensing.

Video 2 you go out with an extremely experienced bat worker to explore two sites and to show you how to carry out an internal and external survey of a building, what to look for, how to assess the site and what conclusions were reached. This video also covers some basic architectural terms in order for you to be able to describe buildings. (There is another course available called Bats: Architectural Terms for Bat Workers available on our website).

At the end there will be a short quiz and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

Time commitment: Allow around 4 hours to study the materials and look up references.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will have an awareness of the principles behind surveying buildings for bats. You will gain a wider knowledge on the subject that will contribute towards gaining a bat licence.

How to book: You can book here. Once you have booked, we will e-mail you to confirm that your booking has been received and you will then be able to start the course straight away.

Courses modules:

Module 1

Video 1 – Surveying Buildings

Module 2

Video 2 – Carrying out internal and external surveys of buildings

Module 3

Surveying Buildings for Bats END OF COURSE QUIZ

Here’s what our students are saying:

The teaching is excellent. It’s clear, precise and easy to follow. The knowledge from Sue is fantastic and it’s taught in a very understandable way with no rush. It’s been really good and I feel I’ve been able to retain the information well because of the way the course has been taught.
Very informative, enjoyed the content!
Thank you for the course, it has been very informative and helpful for me
I liked the course, it was very comprehensive. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed the online elements of the course, I thought I would do better in a face to face course but honestly being able to go at my own pace is really working for me as I can spend time on the bits I find tricky as they come up rather than making a note to look things up later… I like the YouTube videos, being able to pause or even speed up the video to match my pace works well for me. I do feel like I learnt a lot. I would 100% recommend the course to others
Depth of knowledge was excellent.
Useful links, detailed information, great supporting photos


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The final exam is designed to test whether you have learned the appropriate knowledge and skills during this course. If you take the final exam and do not pass, we encourage you to review the course material and ensure you have read, understood and remembered the lessons. We want you to get the most out of this course and provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply what you learn to your job or career. You may retake the final test once you have revisited the course material.

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