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In the light of the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak, training has become a high risk activity. Any unecessary gatherings of people carries a real risk of transmitting the virus. With this in mind, Flight Ecology are now offering remote learning versions of some of our courses.

Natterer's Bats in Sycamore stem
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An adapted version of our two-day course this distance learning session is aimed at ecologists who are looking to increase their knowledge of surveying bats by surveying trees for potential tree roosts.

Bat roosts in trees are very different from building roosts, and can be much harder to find.

As a remote learning course, this will be held over two half-days through the use of internet-based video-conferencing programs.

During this course you will learn how to effectively assess trees as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal before surveying them in more detail as a follow up.

Over the course of the two half-day sessions we will cover the following topics;

  • Tree bat ecology;

  • How to identify potential roost features;

  • Using the Bat Tree Habitat Key;

  • How to identify bat roosts, even when bats are absent; 

  • Using endoscopes;

  • How to plan a survey

The two half-day sessions that make up this course will be divided by at least one week. This allows the attendees to visit a woodland in between and assess and record any PRF's. They will then report back their findings during the second session.

Bat surveying in trees

Who is this for?

Ecological consultants, Ecologists, Wildlife Professionals, Rangers, Conservationists, Arborists, those who regularly have contact with trees and possible bat roosts in trees

Level / Prior Knowledge

Intermediate: some knowledge of bats and their ecology will be assumed. Attendees should have some experience of surveying bats in the UK. A valid bat license is not a pre-requisite. However, without a survey licence individuals will not be able to use endoscopes on their own after the course.



To attend this course you will need access to a laptop, or large tablet, with a fast internet connection, a webcam and microphone. The course will be conducted over the Zoom video-conferencing tool and therefore will be fully interractive.


£160 per person  (10% discount for students and non-professionals)

Ecological Surveys: Project
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