Bats and Buildings

This course will be led by Jo Ferguson, the Built Environment Officer for the Bat Conservation Trust and Sue Hooton, Place Services’ Principal Ecological Consultant.

Jo has a background as an ecological consultant specialising in bat survey and mitigation and Sue has over 30 years’ experience as a professional ecologist, including 16 years as a volunteer bat roost visitor and local bat group member.

This course is aimed at building managers, historic buildings advisers,  architects and ecologists who would like to learn how to carry out preliminary bat roost assessment of buildings and understand when expertise and a bat licence is needed to inspect Potential Roost Features and undertake repairs or building works.

Jo will outline how bats use buildings and why they are so important in a bats lifecycle. She will discuss bats' legal protection and what to do when considering carrying out works where bats could be impacted. Sue will follow this with information on local bats and roosts with a tour of buildings on site, allowing participants to gain some experience of assessing a built structure for bat potential.

Learning objectives for the course are to:
• Understand when and how bats use buildings
• Understand how and when to survey for bat Potential Roost Features (PRFs) in buildings
• Understand why and when a survey licence is needed to inspect bat PRFs

This course aims to reduce costs; improve in-house skills; allow resources to be focused on specialist expertise when necessary; ensure legal compliance and provide clear audit trails; and protect bats using buildings.

No previous experience of bats needed.

Photography credits: 

Juvenile brown long-eared bat on brick wall © Hugh Clark / www.bats.org.uk

Brown long-eared roost in loft space © Hugh Clark / www.bats.org.uk

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