Current volunteering opportunities:
Looking after sick, injured, grounded or orphaned bats is a very difficult but rewarding way to volunteer. You will need a rabies vaccination to get involved with bat care.
Stalls, Walks and Events
You don’t need any special skills or experience to help out at bat walks, stalls and events (you just need lots of enthusiasm!). It’s a great way to learn about bat ecology if you’re a beginner, and also a great way to pass on your knowledge and skills to others.
The Batlas Project
If you fancy being part of something big, a great way to volunteer is to get involved with our Batlas Project – a systematic survey of every 2km square in our county! You don’t need any experience to get involved. Check out the project pages.
To enquire about volunteering for the above, please complete this form:
Survey Volunteering Opportunities
There is currently a waiting list for survey volunteers, which includes:
- Activity and Emergence Surveys
- Endoscope Surveys (trainees and licensed bat workers only)
- Bat Box Checks (Rabies vaccinations required)
- Advanced Surveys (Rabies vaccinations required)
To be added to the waiting list, please complete this form:
Training for a Bat Survey Class Licence:
If you are seeking a bat survey class licence for professional interests, please be aware that BrumBats trainers do NOT provide references for Class 1 licences under any circumstances, and would expect several years of dedicated volunteering in order to provide you with a reference for a Class 2 licence. In order to attain that reference you must:
- demonstrate knowledge of licensing, legislation, ecology, welfare, identification and survey methods
- contribute at least 240 hours of volunteering/training over at least 3 survey seasons (this equates to 2 full weeks per year)
- attain your second reference from someone outside of BrumBats
Working towards a licence is no small feat, and you should be aware that it is not something that you can accomplish in one or two seasons. Trainee positions are given as a priority to our existing volunteers and as such, we recommend that you begin as a survey volunteer (for which there is also currently a waiting list).
Training for your VBRV Licence:
If you are seeking a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor licence, we only have one trainer within our bat group, and there is currently a waiting list for VBRV trainees. VBRV trainee positions are given as a priority to our existing volunteers, and as such, we recommend that you begin as a survey volunteer (for which there is also currently a waiting list).