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Please see the Upcoming Courses page for details of running courses and how to book.

We offer a variety of courses covering bat ecology, survey, legislation and planning policy. Bespoke courses are tailored to suit the needs and skill levels of attendees.  Courses can be delivered at your premises or another central location.

We can provide full day training sessions for up to 15 people from £30 per person.

All training courses are developed and delivered by our Director Claire Andrews.

Claire’s experience includes developing and delivering training for a large UK based independent consultancy with over 150 staff. Specialised training courses are delivered each year to attendees of all skill levels from Interns to experienced ecologists. She also delivers training to external recipients including specific bat training to Borough Councils and Biodiversity training to large organisations.

Claire offers an extensive training background, holding a specialist instructor position for the Army Cadet force teaching a range of subjects for over 12 years.  Claire also is the County Trainer for the Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire Bat Group, training members to achieving their voluntary class licences.

Contact us to discuss your requirements or to obtain a quote.

 Training available includes (but not limited to):

  • Single short workshop sessions on bat ID, dropping identification and handling
  • Basic bat surveys – How to conduct an emergence survey, including practical session at roost
  • Basic bat detector use and sound analysis
  • Bat scoping surveys
  • Advanced sound analysis
  • Bats in barns
  • Bats in churches
  • Bats in bridges
  • EPSL and mitigation
  • Planning for and deployment of remote monitoring devices (Anabat and SM2)
  • Basic ecology
  • Core training program based over five day sessions designed to bring ecologists up to the standards required by CIEEM

Ecology can play an important role in the progress of some projects. Project Managers able to make informed decisions regarding planning and implementing surveys can save time and money and keep projects running smoothly.  Our experience with a range of clients and projects means we are ideally placed to provide training to project managers and planners.  Training could address some or all of the following:

  • Will ecology impact your project?
  • Why is ecology/biodiversity important?
  • When is an ecology survey necessary?
  • Top 10 tips for budget control
  • Informed project managers
  • Courses can be tailored to incorporate your Company policies and procedures

Training and Mentoring scheme for ecologists working towards a survey licence.  

CA Ecology can support the process of gaining a survey licence through our Mentoring scheme which includes:

  • Up to 10 sessions with a licensed ecologist at or in a roost to gain logbook experience
  • Initial consultation and up to two sessions to review progress
  • Two workshop sessions to cover legal and planning policy issues and handling
  • A series of written tests
  • Single final assessment session (involving visits to a number of roosts)

Please note the scheme does not guarantee that participants will be eligible for a licence on completion. Additional work recorded in a logbook will be necessary to gain relevant experience. All courses are tailored to meet individual needs and progression.