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Identification of Bats

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

Bats make up almost a quarter of the world’s mammals, with over 1300 species, found on all continents, except Antarctica. In Britain we have 18 resident species, of which 17 are breeding here. All British bats are considered vulnerable or endangered and are protected by law. This weekend will shed some light on the activities of these fascinating flying creatures. The course will begin on the Friday evening with a general introduction to bats, this will be followed by a bat walk around the study centre grounds. On Saturday there will be sessions on ‘British bats and bats & the law followed by a bat detector workshop in the afternoon. After supper there will be a visit down to the river (conditions permitting) so that attendees have the opportunity to practice their new found detecting skills. There will be a short dawn survey on Sunday morning. During the rest of the day there will be sessions on specimen identification and survey methods, including a practical visit to some buildings to look for potential roosting sites and to undertake a site assessment. A final morning session in the classroom on Monday will be followed by a test in the afternoon. Overall an interesting and entertaining introduction to the wonders of bats. Overall an interesting and entertaining introduction to the wonders of bats.

Lisa is Head of Conservation Services at the Bat Conservation Trust. A licensed bat worker, she is an active member of the Birmingham & Black Country Bat Group. Lisa became addicted to these amazing animals after her first bat walk in 2008. Lisa has an MSc in Biological Recording. Helen has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology & Conservation and studied the winter activity of the cape serotine bat in South Africa for her dissertation. A licensed bat worker with over 10 years’ experience in bat conservation, including as a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor for Natural England. 


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification and the MSc Biological Recording. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: [email protected] For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/ The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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