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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Bats and their Natural History

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Roger Havard
  • Date: Saturday 02 September 2017
  • Times: 13:00 - 22:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Age Range: Adult

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Course Details

During this introductory day and evening course in Bushy Park we will look at bats in general, but with emphasis on the 17 species of British bats. Starting with their biology, evolution and environmental requirements for feeding, living and breeding, etc, we will then cover classification and names of our native species and how we identify them in the hand, with the assistance of some live bats. We will also learn how bat detectors can be used to identify bats in flight, using their echolocation calls, and there will be a practical session in the Park in the evening, using bat detectors to find and identify some of our common bats in flight.

By the end of this course participants will have:
- Increased their awareness of bats, their requirements and importance in the ecosystem, and enjoyed the experience of hearing them on a bat detector and how to identify them while they are flitting around the night sky.

Course fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Guide to British Bats


Roger Havard has been involved in bat conservation work for many years in Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex and London. Specialising in educational events about bats, he regularly runs courses for FSC.


  • 1230 Registration
  • 1300 Welcome, Health and Safety
  • 1315 Introduction
  • 1330 Bat Biology and Ecology: Naming british bats and how we identify them. An opportunity to see some specimens
  • 1600 Break
  • 1630 Echo locatio, how bats find their way in the dark
  • 1830 Evening Break
  • 1930 More about bats!
  • 2000 Bat Walk - walk tot he bat watchign site, using bat detectors to ffind and identify bats. Use torches to spot bats flying over the ponds.
  • 2130 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 2200 Course finishes

What to bring

  • 'Evening meal' and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items
  • Small torch for evening walk
  • insect repellant

If you have one:

  • Bat detector

Health and Safety

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.

Meeting point / Location

The Stockyard, Bushy Park.

FSC in Bushy Park

FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park.

Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.


Further Information

Bushy Park Directions

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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