Training

We offer a range of training courses including bat licence training, bat sound analysis and radio-tracking.

Bat Licence Training Courses

We offer high quality, structured training focused on addressing individual participant’s needs and ensuring thorough coverage of the skills required for each Natural England Bat Survey/Research/Conservation Class Licence level.

We set up our Bat Licence Training Courses in response to demand for effective, structured courses, targeted at each licence level, whilst also addressing the gap in training provision in the East of England.

We believe in a hands-on approach, giving you the opportunity to learn skills in field-based practical sessions, as well as ensuring a comprehensive grounding in the theory through classroom sessions.

We keep group sizes small!

The venue: courses are based at our training centre in Norwich, with field excursions in Norfolk.

We offer the following courses:

Please select a course above to see details

Bat Licence Training Courses – Beginner (Level 1)

New course dates for 2018 coming soon...

2 days including 1 evening, in Norwich

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts wanting to work towards their Level 1 Bat Survey/Research Licence.

Pre-course recommendations:

No previous experience required.

Familiarity with UK bat species and relevant legislation would be beneficial.

About this course:

The course will focus on the skills required for a Level 1 licence including:

  • surveying structures for bats using artificial light (‘visual inspections’)
  • assessing roost potential of trees
  • emergence surveys
  • visual identification of bats

It is envisaged that following the course participants will have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to be eligible for a Level 1 licence. However please note that provision of a licence reference is at the discretion of the course tutor and a reference will only be provided if the tutor is fully satisfied that the participant has met the required standard.

Bat Licence Training Courses – Intermediate (Level 2)

New course dates for 2018 coming soon...

2 days including 2 evenings, in Norwich

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts wanting to work towards their Level 2 Bat Survey/Research Licence.

Pre-course recommendations:

Preferably participants will already hold a Level 1 Bat Survey Licence and have some experience of bat surveys and visual identification of bats.

Participants must be rabies vaccinated and bring suitable gloves as this course involves handling bats.

About this course:

The course will focus on the skills required for a Level 2 licence including:

  • catching bats with a hand-net
  • handling bats
  • identification of bats in the hand
  • checking bat boxes
  • using an endoscope for bat surveys

To meet the required standard for a Level 2 licence, participants will need to have additional experience - this course is intended either as a ‘boost’ to your experience and training or potentially to complete your training towards the licence. Please note that provision of a licence reference is at the discretion of the course tutor and a reference will only be provided if the tutor is fully satisfied that the participant has met the required standard and following an assessment and review of a training log.

Bat Licence Training Courses – Advanced (Level 3 and Level 4)

New course dates for 2018 coming soon...

2 days including 2 evenings, in Norwich

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts wanting to work towards their Level 3 and/or Level 4 Bat Survey/Research Licence(s).

Pre-course recommendations:

  • Preferably participants will already hold a Level 2 Bat Survey Licence and have some experience of handling bats.
  • Participants must be rabies vaccinated and bring suitable gloves as this course involves handling bats.

About this course:

The course will focus on the skills required for Level 3 and Level 4 licences including:

  • catching bats using mist-nets
  • catching bats using a harp-trap
  • using an acoustic lure
  • identification of bats in the hand

To meet the required standard for a Level 3 and/or Level 4 licence, participants will need to have substantial additional experience (especially for Level 3 – safe and proficient extraction of bats from mist-nets requires a lot of practice). This course is intended either as a ‘boost’ to your experience and training or potentially to complete your training towards the licence(s). Please note that provision of a licence reference is at the discretion of the course tutor and a reference will only be provided if the tutor is fully satisfied that the participant has met the required standard and following an assessment and review of a training log.

Please contact us for more information or to book a place: email

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