An ‘Introduction to bats’ course was held from 11-17 November 2019 at the Meletse Bat Research and Conservation Training Center, near Thabazimbi, in South Africa. We had a single participant from the University of Uppsala (Sweden). This introduction formed the first week of the five week ‘Bat fieldworkers’ course. The introductory course provides basic information on bat biology and ecology, and in the evenings participants observed bat captures using mist nets and harp traps.
Financial support from the Rufford Foundation and Brevard Zoo allowed the course to be held, and Motjoli Resources have kindly allowed us continued use of facilities on their property for the Meletse Bat Research and Conservation Training Center.