Big Bat Count safety briefing

The safety briefing is below. Count organisers or participants can download a printable version of this for their teams:


Big Bat Count safety briefing

We really hope you enjoy taking part in the Big Bat Count. Following these simple guidelines will ensure this remains a safe experience for everyone.

In case of any questions contact the count organiser on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A safe team

  • A team should consist of between 2 and 6 adults who already know each other.
  • Children over 5 are welcome. Each child should be accompanied by a responsible adult, to ensure all children are safe at all times.
  • Make sure all the team’s phones are fully charged.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.

On the survey

  • Always stay on land with public access; roads, footpaths, parks etc. Never enter private land.
  • Try to stay in areas you are familiar with, and avoid any dangerous spots such as railways or river banks.
  • At least one member (ideally 2) of the group to wear the supplied “BAT Survey” Hi-Vis vests.
  • When walking off the footpath, on a roadway, illuminate the group with torches/phones on approaching traffic.
  • Do not leave your designated survey area, apart from travelling to and from the area
  • Finish the survey immediately if there is persistent rain, high winds or the temperature falls below 6°c.
  • If any members of the public show an interest in what’s happening, please be friendly and explain about the Big Bat Count.
  • If concerned in any way, walk away from any threat as a group.
    • If an incident escalates, contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies, or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.
    • Have to hand the police reference number for the event, which will be given to you by the count organiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Avoid contact with animals and their droppings.
  • Each person to only hold one device, so everyone has a hand free. Head torches can be very useful.
  • Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the area & weather.
  • Abide by any local or national restrictions for infection and disease control.

At the end of the survey

  • You MUST return to the central base at the end of your survey, to confirm that all members of your team are safe, and to return the borrowed kit.
  • If you are unable to return to the central base, for whatever reason, you must contact the count organiser on the above number immediately.

After the survey

  • If your team has been walking in close proximity to long grass or bracken, ask all members of your team to check their bodies for ticks. If a tick is found and they contract flu-like symptoms, inform the doctor that you may have been exposed to Lyme’s disease.

For more information please consult the SBG Risk Assessment for Big Bat Counts

Big Bat Count