Introduction to Bat Ecology – 9th September


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Course outline

This course is for anyone who is new to but has an interest in our British bats. You will be provided with a foundation in bat ecology, biology and conservation. We will cover the species relevant to our local area, conservation, threats, survey techniques and the legal protection they are afforded.  

The course will comprise of a classroom based learning and an and outdoor session covering practical use of survey equipment and bat detector survey/walk.

This course provides the same information as the April course at Crystal Palace, with a different location for the bat walk.

Course Locations, Dates and Times

High Elms with practical bat walk at Keston Common – Friday 9th September, 6pm – 9pm

Course Price

£15 per ticket

Course Objectives

 To have a knowledge of bat taxonomy

  • Understand conservation challenges of bats
  • Be able to use a bat detector to survey bats
  • Understand the basic ecology of common bat species

What to Bring

 Dinner (if required)

  • Suitable outdoor clothing
  • Notebook (handouts will be provided)
  • Headtorch or torch

   About The Tutor

Sue Holland is the Senior Community Manager at idverde Bromley, overseeing the management of Bromley’s countryside, woodlands and allotments, through professional contracts as well as community engagement. Prior to joining the idverde team Sue worked for the London Borough of Bromley, based at  Crystal Palace Park for 20 years where her love of animals led her to study, survey and share her knowledge of bats to an ever increasing audience fascinated with these nocturnal flying mammals. A further 4 years based at High Elms Country Park as the borough’s Biodiversity and Natural Heritage Officer and 4 years as idverde’s Community Manager has enabled Sue to continue helping the London and Kent bat groups to survey the boroughs bat populations through yearly bat box surveys, winter hibernation surveys, harp trapping and bat walks and talks to members of the public, schools and wildlife groups. She really is a very good person to talk to about bats.

How to get here

The beginning of the course takes place at the BEECHE centre at High Elms Country Park. Use the public car park or staff car park off High Elms Lane or Shire Lane respectively. You will need to arrive by car or arrange to car share to take part in both elements of the course. Postcode BR6 7JH.