In this online intensive training program you'll gain the knowledge & skills you need to carry out thermal imaging wildlife surveys effectively.

This programme has been developed by Dr Kayleigh Fawcett Williams of Wildlifetek in line with the Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines and profits are shared by the Bat Conservation Trust and Wildlifetek.

This training starts on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

  • Are you a consultant ecologist or wildlife professional?
  • Would you like to improve your wildlife detection or survey accuracy?
  • Would you like to make your wildlife surveys more cost effective?

If you said "yes", this course is for you!



  • 12 month online training program
  • Step-by-step equipment tutorials
  • Demonstrations of a wide range of survey scenarios
  • Comprehensive course materials
  • Monthly LIVE Q&A Sessions
  • Online guidance & support
  • 1-1 Project Masterclass*

*Masterclass Session

Participants can bring potential projects to this confidential session with Dr Kayleigh Fawcett Williams. Each session lasts up to one hour and allows for an in-depth project planning training experience.

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This course is taught by Dr. Kayleigh Fawcett Williams, with the assistance of her team at Wildlifetek. Kayleigh has been using technology for wildlife applications for the past seventeen years. Kayleigh is a certified level 2 Thermographer and has been using thermal imaging for wildlife applications for over a decade. Kayleigh has trained hundreds of students around the world, and loves to share her knowledge with ecologists, wildlife researchers, consultants and students.

In 2019, Kayleigh published the “Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines” in association with the Bat Conservation Trust, and is currently working on her book on “Thermal Imaging for Wildlife”.

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Kayleigh’s work has taken her around the world, including New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark and Belize to name a few.

Knowing from an early age that she wanted to work with animals, Kayleigh started out her career by pursuing a degree in Biological Science at Cambridge University (2003-2006) where she conducted her thesis on the behaviour of free-ranging Konik horses using optics and night vision technology. In the summer of 2004, Kayleigh travelled to Mongolia to study the re-released Przewalski’s horses using GPS systems to map their daily movements.

After graduating, Kayleigh discovered the exciting world of bats. After a bat walk with her local bat group in Lincolnshire (UK), Kayleigh was hooked. She started working with ultrasonic detectors and sound analysis software over the next few years working with these fascinating animals.

In 2010, Kayleigh moved to Denmark to study for her PhD in Bioacoustics. Her doctoral work focused on the echolocation calls of Rhinolophus and Myotis bats in the laboratory and in the field (UK, Denmark & South Africa). During this time, Kayleigh discovered thermal imaging technology and began using this as an additional technique alongside her sound recording equipment. During this time, Kayleigh trained as a Thermographer at FLIR Headquarters in the UK.

Following her PhD studies, Kayleigh returned home to the UK in 2013 where she began working in a large consultancy surveying for bats. Here she began developing thermal survey methods for bats and other wildlife species. In 2016, Kayleigh travelled to New Zealand to train wildlife surveyors to use thermal imaging technology.

Realising her passion for wildlife and technology, Kayleigh started up her own company, KFW Scientific & Creative, in 2017 to share her specialist knowledge with wildlife students & professionals. Kayleigh now shares her knowledge and skills globally via her online training and support services, with the help of her growing team at Wildlifetek.



"If you are actively pursuing thermal imaging as a survey tool, go for this course 100%...don't worry if you feel like it will overwhelm you with technical specifics, it won't! It's very user-friendly...I liked the fact that the course had clearly defined modules with follow-up tasks & that I wasn't left behind in some of the more technical aspects that I wasn't familiar with."


 We have very limited availability for this course. 




  • 12 month online training program
  • Step-by-step equipment tutorials
  • Demonstrations of a wide range of survey scenarios
  • Comprehensive course materials
  • Monthly LIVE Q&A Sessions
  • Online guidance & support
  • 1-1 Project Masterclass*

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All students who complete the course and submit their completed workbooks receive a Course Certificate, awarded by Dr. Kayleigh Fawcett Williams on behalf of Wildlifetek.

For bat surveyors, we will work through Training Checklists in accordance with the Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines during this course.


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