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Suitable for beginners


Friday 1st March 2019 (Fully booked)
Friday 29th March 2019 (Fully booked)
Friday 12th April 2019 (Fully booked)



9:30am to 5pm (Refreshments, lunch, free parking and Wi-Fi included)


Reed Room, Forrest Hills, Hazelrigg Lane, Ellel, Lancaster LA2 0PL

Forrest Hills is situated just 5 minutes from Junction 33 of the M6 and has plenty of free parking.

Forrest Hills Conference Centre


£150+VAT per person

Limited places available:

Only nine places per course.

Important Requirement:

All those attending will need to provide proof of current vaccination against rabies in order to have the opportunity to practice handling skills with live bats.

This is subject to risk assessment and with the welfare of individual bats in mind.

Course enquiries should be directed to Jo Gregory – [email protected]


Jo Gregory, Gail Armstrong, David Marshall

About the tutors

Jo Gregory is Senior Consultant at Arbtech Consulting Ltd, has a survey licence at Level 2 and has written and successfully gained over 200 EPSM licences from Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. She is an experienced bat carer.

Gail Armstrong developed this course which is the only one of its kind and has been attended by over 200 people since 2010. She has held a bat licence since 1996 and a VBRV trainers licence since 2008. She also runs North Lancashire Bat Group and is an experienced bat carer.

David Marshall has worked with bats for 12 years in both a voluntary and professional capacity. He is registered to use the Bat Survey Class Licence at level 2, is a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor for Natural England and an experienced bat carer.

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Testimonials from recent course delegates

I found the bat handling and ID course to be a fantastic hands-on learning experience. I learned plenty of practical handling and identification techniques across a variety of UK species and I’m now much more confident in my identification skills and much less nervous about handing bats as a result. All three instructors were very knowledgeable and patient and I felt like I was given plenty of time to develop my skills working alongside the other participants in a relaxed environment. I would definitely reccomend this course to anyone wanting to work with bats in the field.
David Kent

Over one well-structured day we managed to cover a lot of ground including relevant legislation, elements of bat lifestyle and lots of species identification information. It provided an opportunity to learn to handle bats in a relaxed environment and with lots of tips to build your confidence. The team delivering the course were all very approachable and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone interested in bat care or who may need to handle bats for conservation or work.Alicia Logan