Learn about the 17 species of British bat and how to identify them, then use detectors on the evening walk. Learn identification techniques with the assistance of some live bats and about their biology, evolution and environmental requirements. On the evening walk we will identify some of our common bats in flight. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: A Guide to British Bats.

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.

Example Timetable

13.00 Registration
13.15 Introduction
13.30 Bat biology and ecology
15.00 Break
15.15 Bat biology and ecology conservation
16.30 Break
16.45 Identification of British bats in the hand. An opportunity to see some live specimens.
17.45 Break (dinner)
18.15 Echolocation – how bats find their way in the dark
19.15 Break
19.30 Flight and echolocation – habitat influence on echolocation
20.30 Leave for bat walk
22.00 Course ends

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. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)

Optional

  • A bat detector
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