THERMAL IMAGING FOR BAT SURVEYS:
TRAINING FOR CONSULTANT ECOLOGISTS
In this combined training course you'll gain the knowledge & skills you need to carry out thermal imaging bat surveys effectively.
Selection of Practical Weekend Session Dates (see below).
Procedures are in place to run this course safely. We will be running all theory sessions online and all practical sessions will be held outdoors. We will maintain social distancing, hygiene measures & low student numbers to ensure a safe and enjoyable training experience.
- Are you a consultant ecologist?
- Would you like to improve the accuracy and efficiency of your bat survey work?
- Would you like to make your bat surveys more cost effective?
If you said "yes", this course is for you!
How does it work?
In this course, we'll start by teaching you the theory online via our easy access course platform which you can access on any device with a browser or via our mobile app.
Then, we'll take you out for a hands-on outdoor training weekend to get you going with the practical aspects of the course. Here, you'll have access to a range of thermal imaging equipment and plenty of unique bat survey locations.
THIS COURSE INCLUDES:
- Online theory sessions
- Field-based practical sessions
- Use of thermal imaging equipment
- Access to exclusive survey locations
- Comprehensive course materials
- Unique survey locations
- 1-1 Project Masterclass*
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.
Practical Training Sessions
These hands-on outdoor training weekends begin on a Friday evening an hour before sunset and conclude on a Monday morning just after sunrise.
In this practical part of the course you'll have access to a range of thermal imaging equipment along with our support and expertise to help you learn how to use it effectively.
Our venue allows us access to lots of bat roost locations so you can gain experience in a range of survey situations, including buildings, trees and wider landscapes.
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’s work has taken her around the world, including New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark and Belize to name a few. Kayleigh now helps wildlife professionals and students to improve their wildlife work.
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 other wildlife professionals and enthusiasts. 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”. Kayleigh now shares her knowledge and skills globally via her online training and support services, with the help of her growing team.
PRACTICAL WEEKEND OPTIONS:
Students may select one of the following weekend practical options:
- 30th April - 3rd May FULL
- 4th - 7th June FULL
- 23rd - 26th July *ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT*
OUR PREVIOUS STUDENT SAID:
"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."
*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.
** Subject to weather conditions, we aim to sign off all competent surveyors Training Checklists in accordance with the Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines by the end of the course.
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