Frequently asked questions

Here are a selection of questions that we frequently encounter.  If you have any further questions please contact us.

What happens if I don’t pass at the end of the course?
It will be discussed with you the areas for which you need additional experience. You will attempt to gain that further experience in the area you live/work in and then return to us with evidence that the experience and knowledge has been gained. Delayed ‘signoff’ my then be attained.

Supposing I can’t get any roost visits prior to the course?
The tutors will consider ‘special cases’ and make a judgement as to whether the candidates’ experience is sufficient to join the course.

Supposing I can’t get any licensed bat workers to accompany me on any of my previous bat visits prior to the course?
The tutors will consider ‘special cases’ and make a judgement as to whether the candidates experience is sufficient to join the course.

Can I get a licence if I live and work in Scotland?
As yet we have not encountered this situation, but would make inquiries as to whether Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) would accept our course if a prospective candidate approached us.  Alternatively licence training based in Scotland can be obtained with Neil Middleton of Echoes Ecology –

How many hours can I expect to gain through the course that can be added to my log book?
40-60 hours over both parts of the course. However, although this would enable you to attain the 100 hours required for ‘signoff’, relying on this alone is not recommended and further experience should be sought between the two parts of the course.

Are there facilities for disabled bat workers?
Yes, in most venues, but with the exception of Plas Tan Bwlch in North Wales

Is there provision for special dietary requirements at the venues?
Yes in all venues

Will I have to share a room?
No. In all venues a single room is provided

Can I find my own accommodation during the course to bring the costs down?
No. From experience we know that the ‘group dynamic’ is all important to successful learning and many evening activities especially in the summer, finish late and next day courses start early. We therefore require all candidates to stay in the residential accommodation provided.

If my company wanted to have a bespoke BLTC course for its ecological staff, could this be arranged?
Yes. We have delivered bespoke BLTC courses for large organisations before and would be willing to discuss your requirements.

I see from your web site that you offer other courses. Which ones do you recommend for bat knowledge developmental stages and what order should I do them in? Do I need to do one before I do another?
We currently offer a ‘Bat Licence Training Course’, a ‘Mist Netting, Harp Trapping and Bat Handling Course’ and ‘Anabat Training Courses’. All provide bat knowledge, experience and skills and could be attended at any time and in any order.

What if I don’t have the necessary amount of surveys as I am totally new to this profession (straight out of university or wanting to change to this profession)?
This course is intended for existing commercial ecological consultants who need a commercial bat survey licence for their work. If you are a student or new to the profession and want to get into commercial bat survey work, we suggest that you join your local bat group initially, try to gain experience as an ecological field assistant with an ecological consultancy and contact The Bat Conservation Trust for their list of courses and workshops. Our reading list may also be of help.

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