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Beginners Bat ecology and survey techniques


Starts 7 Sept 2017 6:30pm – 9.30pm

A 2 evening introduction bats, their ecology and survey techniques, learn about bat habitat, ecology, natural history and survey techniques for bats.

Your tutor will be Sarah Jackson, HIWWT ecologist. This two evening course will include an outdoor session on our Blashford Lakes nature reserve, Ringwood, and a classroom based lecture including:

Session 1: Thursday 7 September 2016

  • Bat species
  • Bat ecology
  • Bats and the law
  • How bat detectors work
  • Brief intro into survey techniques (to be covered in more detail in second session) – focus on transect survey

Outdoors for a transect survey from 8 – 9.30pm

Session 2: Thursday 14 September (Sunset 7.35pm)

  • Bat ID and analysis of calls
  • Further survey techniques – initial assessment, remote detectors
  • Building and tree assessment

Outdoors for an emergence survey followed by transect walk – 7.30 – 9.30pm

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Is this course for me?
This course is designed for people who are interested in finding out more about bats in their local area and for people who may want to volunteer on bat surveys to find out more about techniques, methods and opportunities for volunteering.

When and where?

Thursday 7 September & 14 September 6.30 – 9.30pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course start

Blashford Lakes  is in the New Forest, situated to the north of Ringwood


What do I need to bring?


  • Pen or Pencil and Notepad
  • A torch – a head torch is ideal
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for working outside on the nature reserve
  • Insect repellent is desirable!
  • A bat detector – if you own one.

Hot drinks will be provided on the indoor session


Sarah Jackson – Ecologist

Sarah is Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Ecologist, she has worked at the Trust for over 6 years having previously worked for an ecological consultancy.  Sarah has a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Biodiversity Surveying with her dissertation on ‘pond creation as a mitigation technique for great crested newts’.  Her role at the Trust includes co-ordinating and delivering the survey and monitoring programme for the Trust estate, providing surveys and advice to external parties, and being the Trust representative for the species groups.  Her particular interests are amphibians, reptiles and bats.


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