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Day Course: Introduction to Endoscope Surveys for Bats

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Sutton Park Nature Reserve

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Sutton Coldfield

B74 2YT

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Are you an ecologist or graduate ecologist currently workng towards your Class 2 bat survey licence? Or perhaps a volunteer or trainee bat worker working towards your Voluntary Bat Roost Visitor Licence? In order to attain either of these licences, you need to have experience and training in the use of endoscopes to survey for bats.

This workshop introduces you to the basics, theory and principles of endoscope surveys for bats, and gives you the chance to practice your field skills, all under the licences of the course leaders, Morgan Hughes and Scott Brown.

All equipment is provided. Here's the run-down on the course:

Workshop Itinerary

10:00 - Arrival, welcome and introductions

10:30 - Indoor theory

  • Licensing and legislation
  • Ethics and disturbance
  • Survey planning
  • Potential Roost Features (PRFs)
  • Biological recording
  • Equipment

12:00 - Lunch break

12:30 - Travel to survey location

13:00 - Outdoor theory

  • Identifying common PRFs
  • Using a handheld GPS
  • Using torches and mirrors
  • Planning your approach
  • Setting up your endoscope

13:30 - Outdoor practical (two hours of endoscope practice in teams)

15:30 - Return and roundup

16:00 - Workshop ends

What you need to Bring

  • A laptop or tablet
  • Stout footwear
  • Appropriate clothing (warm/waterproof)
  • A packed lunch, drink, flask of hot drink

What you need to know:

Using an endoscope to survey for bats is a licensable activity, and during this course you will be working under the survey licences of the course leaders. This course does NOT give you a bat licence, and you will NOT receive a reference for a bat licence applicaiton as part of this course. You will, however, receive a certificate of attendance, and we encourage you to add a full day of training to your CPD record.

You will need to be a member of the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group (BrumBats) in order to be covered by our events insurance. You can join on the day or anytime prior to the course. Any questions, email info@brumbats.org.uk

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Sutton Park Nature Reserve

Park Road

Sutton Coldfield

B74 2YT

United Kingdom

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