Training & Research

As bat specialists we carry out a broad range of training and research work.

Bat training 

David Dodds is licensed to train bat workers in both England and Scotland and for many years he has provided in-house skills training for a broad range of clients, including local authorities, ecological consultancies and conservation organisations.

Training can be provided in groups or on a one-to-one basis; as formal classroom sessions, as practical “hands-on” sessions or a mix of the two, depending on your requirements and training needs.

Training previously provided to our clients includes:

  • Bat license training
  • Bat survey skills training courses
  • Radio tracking workshops
  • Bat handling workshops (basic and advanced)
  • Use of bat detectors (basic and professional)
  • Bat call analysis, using a variety of software packages
  • Use of unattended monitoring equipment

Follow the links to the right for planned open courses this year.


We undertake a number of research projects on a voluntary basis. As well as providing our team the opportunity to continually enhance and develop their skills and knowledge, these projects help us to make meaningful contributions to bat conservation.