Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Why bats are legally protected

    • The importance of bat conservation in the UK

    • Legislation in the UK

    • Bat licences in the UK

    • Creating a training plan

    • Test your learning (why bats are legally protected)

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Understanding the needs for a bat roost survey

    • Establishing why a bat survey is required

    • Linking impacts to legislation

    • Defining aims and objectives of a project

    • Test your learning (Understanding the needs for a bat roost survey)

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - Preparing to undertake a bat roost survey

    • Why your preparation matters

    • Health, Safety and Wellbeing Considerations

    • Identifying your training needs, skills and experience

    • Equipment and resources needed to undertake a roost survey

    • Survey limitations

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - Buildings, trees and other structures

    • Potential roost features in buildings

    • Potential roost features in trees

    • Potential roost features in other structures

    • Test your learning (Buildings, trees and other structures)

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) walk-through

    • Introduction to the criteria used in categorising a potential bat roost

    • Negligible and Low Roost Suitability

    • Moderate Roost Suitability

    • High Roost Suitability and Confirmed Roost

    • Test your learning (Preliminary Roost Assessment walk-through)

  • 7

    End of Course Message and Additional Resources

    • Congratulations!

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

    • Further Reading


Here are some of the comments that previous students have said about the course.

Bat Roost Survey Fundamentals

Rebecca Wright-Davies

What a great course! One of the best online courses I've encountered.


Max Lawson

...thank you so much for the course! It was really enjoyable and helpful for a budding ecologist.

Review from a graduate

Aqeel Azam

A comprehensive course that is easy to understand regardless of your level of understanding. The chapters offer enough information to give you confidence without going overboard and regular checks of your understanding are extremely useful.

A comprehensive introduction to roost surveying

Danielle Edwards

I took this course as an introduction to roost surveying as I am completely new to it. I found it well paced and comprehensive without being overwhelming. There are extra links and information sources so I believe this would also be beneficial for people with more experience than I do as you would be able to engage with the material in a greater depth.



Richard Dodd

I have worked as a professional ecologist since 2000 within the public, voluntary and private sectors. I'm Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Wildwood Ecology, an Award Winning 'purpose-led' Certified B Corporation company. I'm also a Chartered Ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).