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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Bats and their Natural History (The Regent's Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Roger Havard
  • Date: Saturday 08 September 2018
  • Times: 13:00 - 22:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone

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 The Regent’s 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.

About the Tutor:

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.


  • 12:30 Registration
  • 13:00 Welcome, Health and Safety
  • 13:15 Introduction
  • 13:30 Bat Biology and Ecology: Naming British bats and how we identify them. An opportunity to see some specimens
  • 16:00 Break
  • 16:30 Echolocation, how bats find their way in the dark
  • 18:30 Evening break
  • 19:30 More about bats!
  • 20:00 Bat Walk - walk to the lake using bat detectors to listen to and identify bats on the way; then spot and identify other bat species flying over the water
  • 21:30 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 22:00 Course finishes

Disclaimer All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

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 repellent

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 Park Offices, Inner Circle, The Regent's Park  https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-there

FSC in The Regent's Park:

FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In The Regent's Park, we use facilities within the Park Offices to deliver courses, including classroom space, toilet facilities and refreshments. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning Park. The Regent's Park, designed by John Nash, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, as well as the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield's Avenue Gardens. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.

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

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