This extensive course will introduce participants to the fascinating world of bats. Its content will provide a foundation for anyone wanting to satisfy an interest, or to become more involved in bat conservation, including bat care. After gaining sufficient experience, students could progress to achieving a bat survey licence or roost visitor licence on future courses.

Tutor: Roger Havard

Roger Havard conducts a wide variety of bat work in the areas covered by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex, London and Essex Bat groups. He also carries out bat survey work in North Wales and provides bat-related training for other organisations.

With the generous support of the Suffolk Biodiversity and Information Service, along with the Suffolk Naturalists Society, we are able to provide bursary funding for this course for those students who meet the criteria. For more information please go to Bursaries for Natural History Courses.


Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

Example Timetable

The daytime sessions will cover the biology of bats, their evolution, classification and nomenclature and environmental requirements in general, but focusing on our 17 native species. After this, we will develop a key for identification of our native bats in the hand, with some live specimens to illustrate relevant identification features.

There will be sessions on echolocation and bat detectors, and you will learn how to identify some of our common species from their echolocation calls, which we will put into practice during evening field-work. For this there will be some bat detectors for loan, but if you have access to one it would be helpful if you bring one with you (see note in What to Bring).

There will be early-morning field-work, watching bats return to their roost – an essential process in locating bat roosts.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Notepad / paper / writing equipment
  • Warm clothing and waterproofs
  • Insect repellent
  • Outdoor shoes / boots
  • Hand torch / head torch
  • Bat detector (if you have one) + headphones NB if you haven't got a bat detector but intend buying one, ask Roger for advice beforehand.

Recommended Reading


  • Bats – Phil Richardson ISBN 0-905483-41-3 (out of print but available 2nd hand)
  • Bats – Waters, D & Warren, R – The Mammal Society (via NHBS)
  • Bats of Britain and Europe – Dietz, C & Kiefer, A – Bloomsbury



  • Bat Detective: A Field Guide for Bat Detection – B Briggs & D King
  • British Bat Calls: A Guide to Species Identification – Jon Russ