CUGE-ECO-3126 Human-Wildlife Coexistence - Bats in the Anthropocene

INTRODUCTION

The thought of bats living in Singapore's highly urbanised landscape bewilders many, but bats form most of our mammalian fauna, with some 25 species recorded in our small city-state. They are found in both natural and man-made habitats, and many species have become commensal with humans. Although bats provide a range of ecosystems services and functions, they are a misunderstood group of animals due to their nocturnal and cryptic habits. This one-day workshop aims to introduce participants to the bats of Singapore and is designed for those new to bat work. or are curious about these nocturnal creatures. It is intended to bring about a greater awareness of a locally neglected mammal group, and inspire participants to conserve bats in the course of thier work and everyday life. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Better understand bats and their role in our ecosystems
  • Identify bats at family levels
  • Selecyt suitable methods for bat surveys
  • Take steps to reduce negative human-bat interaction
  • Respond safely and appropriately to a trapped bat in an enclosed space

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Bat biology and ecology
  • Bat taxonomy and identification
  • Bat families in Singapore
  • Surveys and field methods
  • Echolocation and acoustic studies - an introduction
  • Threats to bats and their conservation
  • Living with bats - humane approaches
  • Nocturnal transect to demonstrate the use of bat detectors

METHODOLOGY

Classroom lecture, equipment demonstration, discussion and quiz

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Arborists
  • Facility managers
  • Park managers
  • Conservation managers
  • Landscape architects
  • Landscape industry workers
  • Pest control industry workers
  • Ecological consultants

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNITS

Professional Certification CEU
Certified Practising Horticulturist 2
ISA Certified Arborist 2
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects     Pending
Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information. 

COURSE FEES

Course Fees (Inclusive of GST)
Full Fee $160.50


ABOUT THE TRAINER

Benjamin Lee is a conservation scientist with a keen interest in the natural history of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. He was introduced to bats in the first Nature Reserves Survey in Singapore, and since then, he has gone on to conduct capacity-building workshops in bat conservation and eology in Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Vietnam. For his doctorate, he studied the conservation value of green infrastructure for bats in the urban environment using an acoustic approach. He is both a country representative of the Southeast Asian Bat Research Conservation Unit (SEABCRU) and a member of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group. Aprat from bats, Benjamin has varied research interests which include the human dimensions of wildlife, mammal conservation, wildlife trade, zoonotic diseases and soundscape ecology. He has worked at National Parks Board since 2000, where he currently heads the research team at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE). 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Please register and pay online here.
*CUGE course confirmation e-mail will be sent to all participants who have registered successfully.

Class size will be limited to facilitate discussions and group exercises. Please register early.
Please submit your completed online application forms at least seven days before the date of course. Course places will only be confirmed upon receipt of the duly completed application forms and payment.

ENQUIRY CONTACT

Mr Jason Lim
Tel: 6462 6105
Email: jason_lim@nparks.gov.sg



Information is correct as of posted date. Please contact us at ask_CUGE@nparks.gov.sg for further enquiries.