Specialist bat skills training since 2008

Specialist bat skills training since 2008

Bat Handling and Advanced Survey Techniques Course

A course, first trialled in 2014 aimed to providing training in Bat Handling and Advanced Bat Survey Techniques for professional consultants.

The course will include:

Bat Handling, all capture techniques, use of acoustic lures, radio tags, radio tracking, advanced identification skills, endoscoping and demonstrations in remote and Infra-red observation techniques and tree climbing assessments. This course is a must for all bat ecologists looking to 'upskill' in response to increased survey demands.

Natural England have recently revised their requirements for applicants for the various Bat Class Licence levels – you can read more here.

Although no sign-off for a ‘NE Level 1’ or ‘NRW without handling’ bat licence will be possible, with an appropriate amount of additional logged and observed competent bat handling, log book signatures, we will provide a course certificate that will count towards a ‘NE Level 2’ or ‘NRW with handling’ application. However it is important you are aware that a course on its own is unlikely to sufficient to achieve a licence or licence upgrade and further logged experience and/or a separate referee are likely to be required. It is important you have prepared your log book prior to attending any course – as in both England and Wales the ability to demonstrate wider experience over time has become much more important.

The flexible nature of the course also gives us scope to offer logged experience and a course certificate towards a ‘NE Level 4 bat licence’ for harp trapping with an acoustic lure (or equivalent NRW endorsement), or 'Level 3 bat licence' for mist netting with an acoustic lure for those looking to expand these skills - and all participants will receive training and practice in the use of the equipment. But please note that as course trainers we are no longer permitted to provide licence references for participants that have only attended this course.

Course Content & Programme (provisional)

Day 1: Wed 7th August 2019

Radyr Old Church Rooms

3pm Introduction to course including training in use of mist nets, harp trap, triple high and canopy net

St Fagans National History Museum

7pm till late. Mist netting, harp trapping, triple high, canopy net to catch bats in and around St Fagans, including trap extraction and handling Radio tagging of bat if target species are caught

Day 2: Thursday 8th August 2019

Radyr Old Church Rooms

10am Advanced identification- particularly pipistrelles and Myotis

11am Bat carer with captive live bats for handling and ID practice

St Fagans National History Museum

2pm Tree climbing bat inspection demo and endoscoping training

7pm till late. Hand netting practical at roost

Mist netting, harp trapping, triple high, canopy net to catch bats in and around St Fagans including mist net and harp trap extraction and handling. Radio tracking of bat if target species is caught.

Day 3: Friday 9th August 2019

Radyr Old Church Rooms

10am Use of lures (demo)

Ringing (demo)

Wing punch (demo on dead bats)

1pm IR video with illuminator demo

 St Fagans National History Museum

2pm *Radio tracking practical with ‘trainer tag’

Radio tracking to find bat roost if bat radio tagged the night before

7pm till late. Mist netting, harp trapping, triple high, canopy net to catch bats in and around St Fagans, including mist net and harp trap extraction, use of acoustic lures and handling

Course ends after this catching session

*This session may be moved to Day 2 if a bat is radio tagged on the night of Day 1.

Specific equipment required by attendees:

Bat handling gloves (e.g. nitrile gloves, light cotton manicure gloves, Gripz lite gloves, leather riding/pilots’/golfers’ gloves*), head torch, appropriate field clothes and footwear (including wellies) for all anticipated weather conditions, field note book/clipboard, bat detector, bat log book for signing.

You may like to bring a recording bat detector in order to collect calls from bats in the hand and on release.

Please bring a record of bats previously handled if appropriate. It is MUCH easier to sign bat log books at the event. Please try to prepare and bring your bat log with you.

*A selection of gloves is preferable to suit all species of bats that may be handled.

Please bring your up to date rabies certificate for checking


As this is a bat handling course all participants must provide suitable bat handling gloves and proof of up-to-date rabies inoculation. All voluntary bat handlers, licensed or not, are entitled to free immunisation from the NHS, although your GP may sometimes charge an admin fee, those handling for professional purposes usually have to pay for their injections.

You will automatically receive a booking confirmation on receipt of payment. If you require a VAT receipt, please email Richard quoting the name, date and booking reference.

Course Details and other information :


This course has a split venue: Classroom teaching and some practical activities will be at

Old Church Rooms (Radyr Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF, next door to Radyr Primary School and opposite the library.

Evening catching and some day time activities will be at St Fagans National History Museum Cardiff CF5 6XB 

If you are going to be late or need to contact us, please phone:

Richard Crompton on 07711 848 174

Or Sandie Sowler on 07711 266515

Start and Finish Times:

Start times: 15h00 on 7th August 2019

Approximate finish: midnight ( /- 1 hr) after catching on the night of Thursday 9th August.

Course numbers: 12

Course is offered by Richard Crompton Limited (Ecology on Demand) on behalf of the Bat Training Partnership.


  • Tutors: Dr Sandie Sowler & Richard Crompton
  • Venue: Radyr & St Fagans, Cardiff


7th-9th August 2019 

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