BCT updated advice and training to NBMP volunteers – 29May20

Lots of NBMP updates from the BCT for you this time:

Latest advice for NBMP volunteers

The BCT updated the NBMP advice on Friday 29th May, which is great news as it means that some Roost, Waterway, Field and Woodland NBMP surveys can take place this year.

We have condensed the advice, to only that which applies to Somerset, and will keep a page on our website updated.

A couple of points worth highlighting from the full details:

  • Please ensure that your survey buddy is someone from within your own household with whom you do not need to maintain social distancing. This is an important Health and Safety requirement. A survey buddy needs to be able to provide immediate assistance in case of an emergency, which is not possible under social distancing.
  • If your site requires multiple surveyors to enable a count to be made (e.g. due to multiple entrances) this site will not able to be monitored this year unless all surveyors are from the same household.

The BCT are regularly updating the advice so please check for the latest update NBMP on the BCT website.

Any questions please contact our NBMP champion – Pete Gulliver.

Upcoming NBMP bat detector workshops

The BCT will be running introductory bat detector workshops for NBMP volunteers in June.  This will be Online, delivered using the Zoom app (free to download to your computer, tablet or smartphone). Learn how to identify different species of bat using a heterodyne bat detector and train your listening abilities and sonic memory.

Details on the BCT website:  https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/national-bat-monitoring-programme/workshops


Hope everyone is keeping sane and well.