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Bat Research, Conservation and Training

Bat Research, Bat Conservation, Training, Scientific, Science, Nottinghamshire Barbastelle Project

bat research, training and Conservation

B.A.T. Ecological believes that good consultant ecologists come from wildlife enthusiasts, and that voluntary nature conservation and research projects provide the foundation for best professional practice. Matt Cook, Principal Ecologist and Proprietor of B.A.T. Ecological, has been actively involved in biodiversity conservation since 2007. Voluntary conservation and research work that Matt leads or has been integral to includes the following:

In addition to the above Matt is also one of only a handful of people in the Midlands region licensed by Natural England to train Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors (VBRVs). Natural England VBRVs visit bat roosts in homes, churches and other public buildings to provide free advice on timing and methods for undertaking certain building maintenance work, to reassure and educate people regarding bats, and to reduce the possibility of bats being excluded from their roosts. As such, VBRVs and their trainers play a critical role in the conservation of bat species - you can read more about the role of a VBRV here.

As part of the above voluntary conservation work Matt has also trained and mentored lots of volunteer bat workers in East Midlands bat conservation groups (including most of the current Nottinghamshire Bat Group committee) on bat ecology, identification and how to survey for bats, and he has also trained several colleagues and peers professionally. Following on from this Matt is currently providing professional training on ‘Surveying for Bats’ on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - please click here to book your place on the next course, on 25 and 26 April 2019 at the beautiful National Trust Clumber Park.

Horseshoe bats and a single Schreiber’s bent-winged bat (spot which one….) hibernating in Romania (photo: Matt Cook).

Horseshoe bats and a single Schreiber’s bent-winged bat (spot which one….) hibernating in Romania (photo: Matt Cook).

Monitoring hibernating greater mouse-eared bats in Romania (photo: Matt Cook)

Monitoring hibernating greater mouse-eared bats in Romania (photo: Matt Cook)