Bats and Trees: An introduction to how bats use trees and, what to look for when working in woodlands.
There are 18 species of bat in the UK. Many of them have been shown to roost in trees. Bats are classed as an European Protected Species, which means that all bats and their roosts are protected by UK and European law, whether the bats are present or not. Destroying, damaging, or disturbing a bat roost is a serious offence. Therefore, being able to correctly identify trees which may contain bat roosts is a vital part of the job for anyone involved in woodland or tree management.
Venue: Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith
Tutor: Rich Flight
Who is this course for?
This is a one day course aimed at arborists, woodland managers, private woodland owners, foresters, and those working regularly with trees.
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a basic practical understanding of bats, of how bats use trees, and of some of the methods of identifying trees which may contain bat roosts.
As an outcome, participants should be able to work more confidently and safely around trees that have the potential to contain bat roosts, to understand any legal restrictions, as well as to know what steps should be taken if bats are suspected of being present.
The course will cover the following topics:
• General bat biology and ecology
o Here, we will introduce bats as a group. We will discuss a little about their ecology; what they look like, what species there are, where you see them, and what their habits are.
o During this section of the day, we will have captive bats on display, so that participants can have a look at live bats, close up. (classroom based)
• Bats and the law
o An important aspect of the course, we will inform all participants about the legal protection of bats, with particular reference to the restrictions that this may impose on woodland management. (classroom based)
• What to do if you find a potential roost
o Key to the day, we will discuss scenarios of identifying a bat roost and what the correct course of action would be, should you discover one. (classroom based)
• Potential roost feature recognition
o We will take participants through the range of tree features that can become bat roosting locations. Some of these are relatively obvious, while some are more unexpected. This will be started in the classroom with photos and videos, and then continued in the field.