Bat Licence Training Courses

Working towards your bat licence? Our intensive courses will give your bat training a boost.

About the Courses

We set up our Bat Licence Training Courses in 2017 in response to demand for quality, intensive, structured courses, targeted at each Bat Survey Class Licence level.

We believe in a hands-on approach, giving you the opportunity to learn skills in field-based practical sessions, as well as ensuring a comprehensive grounding in the theory through classroom-based modules.

We keep group sizes small!

The courses are designed to complement and strengthen your wider training and may be used to kick-start your training towards a specific licence level, as a ‘boost’ to your existing experience or to help you complete your training for a licence.

Subject to meeting the required standards, passing the course assessments and review of a satisfactory training log/your additional experience, the Course Tutor can provide a 'Course Completion Certificate’, where appropriate. Natural England will accept our Course Completion Certificates in lieu of 1 reference when applying for a licence.

Courses are held at our training centre in Norwich, with field excursions in Norfolk.

“Fun and informative. The team from Thomson that attended the Level 1 bat course had a fantastic time, with the amazing bat roost inspection visit being the highlight for us. The course was run in a friendly and interactive fashion, yet had good structure and was very informative for those wishing to increase their knowledge of bat surveying and the associated legislation and guidelines involved. I would urge anyone seeking to further their knowledge in this area, as well as possibly gain a licence reference, to get in touch with Wild Wings Ecology. We aim to return to undertake further courses as soon as we can!”

James Turner, Regional Office Manager & Senior Consultant Ecologist, Thomson Environmental Consultants.

Level 1 Bat Licence Training Course

Our two-day Level 1 course consists of six classroom-based modules and three practical sessions (including one evening session) and concludes with a written assessment (total contact time around 14 hours).

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts working towards their Level 1 Bat Survey Class Licence.

About the course:

The course focusses on the Level 1 ‘licensable activities’ (and the skills and knowledge needed to support these):

  • surveying structures for bats using artificial light (visual inspections/PRAs)
  • assessing roost potential of trees
  • emergence & re-entry surveys
  • visual identification of bats

Non-licensable activities such as acoustic surveys and analysis of sound recordings are not covered in this course.

Pre-course recommendations:

No previous experience required. Familiarity with the UK bat species and the law relating to bats would be beneficial.

Those looking to complete their training for the licence/seeking a reference/Course Completion Certificate should contact us for details of what we expect for experience level and your training log.

Upcoming course dates:

  • 26th & 27th June 2019 (fully booked)
  • 24th & 25th July 2019 (fully booked)
  • 11th & 12th September 2019 (fully booked)
Contact us for more details or to book a place

Please contact us if you would like to be added to the course waiting list. We use the list to contact you if spaces on existing course dates become available and to provide notification of new course dates.

Level 2 Bat Licence Training Course

The Level 2 course takes place over three days, commencing in the afternoon on the first day and finishing at lunchtime on the third day. The course consists of four classroom-based modules and five practical sessions (including two late evening sessions hand-netting, handling and processing bats) and concludes with a written assessment (total contact time around 20 hours).

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts working towards their Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence.

About the course:

The course focusses on the Level 2 ‘licensable activities’ (and the skills and knowledge needed to support these):

  • catching bats with a hand-net
  • handling and processing bats
  • identification of bats in the hand
  • checking bat boxes
  • using an endoscope

Pre-course recommendations:

Preferably participants will already hold a Level 1 licence and have experience of a range of bat survey types as well as visual identification of common bat species.

Those looking to complete their training for the licence/seeking a reference/Course Completion Certificate should contact us for details of what we expect for experience level and your training log.

Participants must be rabies vaccinated and bring suitable gloves as this course involves handling bats.

Upcoming course dates:

  • 6th - 8th August 2019 (fully booked)
  • 20th - 22nd August 2019 (fully booked)
Contact us for more details or to book a place

Please contact us if you would like to be added to the course waiting list. We use the list to contact you if spaces on existing course dates become available and to provide notification of new course dates.

Level 3/4 Bat Licence Training Course

The Level 3/4 course takes place over three days, commencing in the afternoon on the first day and finishing early afternoon on the third day. The course consists of two classroom-based modules and five practical sessions (including two night-time sessions: harp-trapping, mist-netting and handling and processing bats) and concludes with a written assessment (total contact time around 26 hours).

Who is the course aimed at?

Ecological consultants, researchers, students, bat group members and enthusiasts working towards their Level 3 and/or Level 4 Bat Survey Class Licence(s).

About the course:

The course focusses on the Level 3/4 ‘licensable activities’ (and the skills and knowledge needed to support these):

  • catching bats using mist-nets
  • catching bats using harp-traps
  • using an acoustic lure
  • identification of bats in the hand

Pre-course recommendations:

Preferably participants will already hold a Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence.

Participants must be competent at handling and processing bats and should be able to identify common species.

Those looking to complete their training for the licence/seeking a reference/Course Completion Certificate should contact us for details of what we expect for experience level and your training log.

Participants must be rabies vaccinated and bring suitable gloves as this course involves handling bats

Upcoming course dates:

  • This course is run on demand.
  • Provisional date 27th - 29th August 2019

Courses are led by Dr Charlotte Packman – see our Meet the Team page for further details.

About the licence levels