Bat Licence Training Courses

2020 dates for training courses now available – scroll down this page to find the 2020 dates


***Corvid-19 Update***

As class 2, 3 and 4 and the specific research techniques courses are predominantly field based, but we can offer theory classes by video link. These will be booked through Geoff and conducted remotely via the internet. Please contact him for dates


After providing a variety of bat training for over 20 years GreenaEco is now introducing a range of formal bat licence  training modules for class 1, class 2, class 3 & class 4 licenses, bat mitigation and tailor made training for specific techniques. The courses will be of high quality, with intensive content run by highly experienced bat ecologists from our base in Somerset between Frome and Bruton, in an area where at least 16 bat species have been recorded within a few miles radius. As well as the minimum content for the licenses there will be additional content we consider essential for an understanding and working with bats e.g. use of bat detectors and sound analysis, static recording/ logging systems, in depth coverage of bats use of trees and bridges.

The four module content for class 2 is considered essential both to cover sufficient variety of content and give students enough tuition and experience to ensure they are sufficiently competent and will be able to retain information they have learned long term, maintaining a high standard is our priority.

The Courses are non-residential, catering will be provided during the training sessions. Special diets can be accommodated. Indoor sessions will be taken in a local training room facility.



Course Leader is Geoff Billington MCIEEM

Assisted by Jacqueline Billington who is a Bat Licence trainer holding class 3 and class 4 licences


Summary of the Class 1, 2, 3 & 4 courses

All modules (except class 4 on its own) will run 1400 Monday – 1200 Friday, class 4 taken on its own will run 1400 one day to midday the next day.







Class 1

Three modules (A, B & C) each form the content of class 1 course (equivalent to survey licence without handling outside of England). It is intended modules are ideally taken in sequence, but if students cannot attend any of them they could attend the missed one(s) later in the year or the following year and refresher sessions will be adjusted to what they have already taken.

Practical exercises and written exams will be taken after each module.






Class 2

One module (D) of bat handling, static hand net use, collecting by hand and advanced in hand bat identification, comprised mainly of fieldwork, this module will upgrade a class 1 licence (or equivalent) up to class 2 (or survey licence with handling outside of England).

The assessment will be of participant skill level in the field on the last two nights, plus a practical and written exam on Friday morning.







Class 3

One module (E) on the use of mist nets and acoustic lures which will mainly be practical, plus other equipment such as cone traps and tree harp traps will be covered.

The assessment will be of participant skill level in the field on the last two nights plus a practical and written exam on Friday morning.






Class 4

A one day (lunchtime – lunchtime) workshop module (F) if taken alone.

The assessment will be of participant skill level in the field on the one night plus a practical and written exam the next morning.

The class 4 can be combined together with the class 3 so this is module EF.







Students can skip taking one or more modules and just take the relevant assessments to get a reference if they have enough experience already.













 2020 Dates for training courses

A class 1 Part 1             9th – 13th November

D class 2                        7th – 11th September

EF class 3 and 4           On request

M Mitigation                19th – 23rd October

Module F – specific Research training and standalone module assessments arranged by request.

*Field work training will re commence once Covid-19 restrictions allow.



Please contact Geoff for more details on 07748 742475 

or email Geoff at