Winter Course starting Winter 2014/2015

Intended audience:
  • General public interested in learning more about bats;
  • Students of zoology, ecology & conservation; and
  • New bat group members with little previous knowledge of bats.
Not intended for:
  • Experienced bat workers (introductory level);
  • Anyone expecting to gain NE licence (though it might be useful there will be no practical training); and
  • Anyone expecting training for professional purposes (classroom-based, aimed at increasing knowledge, no practical training).
Aims for bat group
Offering this course should enhance bat conservation in Berks & South Bucks by:
  • Increasing membership;
  • Increasing number of people with knowledge of bats; and
  • Increasing number of people able to help with walks and talks, projects and other events (there is an expectation that attendees should be prepared to help with a summer bat group event). 

Intended outcomes for attendees

This course will help those will little or no previous knowledge of bats to:
  • Understand the biology, behaviour and ecology of British bats;
  • Learn how to identify common species, from photographs and dead specimens;
  • Understand the threats facing bats, how they are protected and what you can do to help;
  • Gain the confidence to help the group with bat walks and talks; and
  • Learn how to contribute to Bat Conservation Trust and other surveys.
Learning/teaching  methods
  • Five/six evening classes, 7.00-9.30 with short break;
  • One afternoon in the field to include bat box checking and roost visit, weather permitting;
  • One evening in the field to practice using a bat detector, weather permitting;
  • Presenters will be volunteer members of bat group, including some experienced professional batworkers and conservationists.
  • Charge : £30 (members), £40 non-members (Membership Included);
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis;
  • Email battyclairea(at) to register your interest and we will contact you closer to the time to confirm your place.
  • Spread over approximately 7 weeks dates TBC
Bat Care Training and Workshop
On Sunday the 24th November the bat group will be running a training day for members interested in bat care.  The morning session will cover rescue, first  aid, basic care, ID and handling.   The afternoon workshop aims to draw on the knowledge and collective experience of the group to work through problems and scenarios.  Members of all level of experience are welcome to attend free of charge.  Non members also welcome and the fee will be £5.00.  If you would like to come along for the day please e-mail Claire Andrews to reserve your place.  battyclairea(at)
Venue: Beale Wildlife Park
0930 - 1630

Past Training

In 2010/2011 the bat group is ran a fully subscribed course for bat group members who were interested in training for their Roost Visitor Licence. The roost visitor licence will enable them to conduct Voluntary Roost Visits on behalf of Natural England. Roost visits are one of the most important things the bat group undertakes in terms of bat conservation. The Roost Visitor can help persuade the householder to maintain the roost within their property. Each year pipistrelle bats are excluded from over 100 buildings; without Voluntary Roost Visitors the numbers would be much higher.

The training consisted of evening lectures and workshops spread out over a period of eight months. Following this trainees who 'survived’ have continued their training on a one to one basis by attending roost visits.

Well done to James and Bridget who have now successfully gained thier licences.