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Identification of Bats

  • NON-RESIDENT: £275

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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 and an emergence count at the bat roost on site. 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 an offsite trip to another bat roost for an emergence count 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 focus on bat sound analysis and be followed by a test in the afternoon (TBC). 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 a member of several bat groups and a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor for Natural England. 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.


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration. Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

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

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