Capacity Building Project
ABC aims to build capacity for bat conservation, research and monitoring in Malawi. At present there is a lack of capacity in this field
and bats are not considered in conservation management plans. Using our expertise in bat conservation and research we are building capacity for
staff from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi (DNPW), Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) and Wilderness Safaris (WS) using the following strategies:
ABC Attachment Programme
We are running an attachment programme for staff members from DPNW and LWT who work closely with the field researchers
to assist and receive training in bat survey techniques including: harp trapping, mist netting, acoustic surveys using bat detectors,
habitat sampling, bat identification, genetics sampling and bat handling. We are also developing contacts with the Natural Resources College Malawi and
the University of Malawi with the aim of identifying students for secondment to the ABC field team.
ABC Training Workshops
Each year ABC will conduct a residential capacity building training workshop for 20 participants funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The workshops will last for 4 days and be based at the
project field sites (Kasungu National Park or Liwonde National Park). During the workshops participants will be trained in a range of field and
research skills including: harp trapping and mist netting, use of acoustic detectors, bat sound analysis, radio tracking, species identification,
survey design, data analysis and presentation.
Two exceptional participants will be selected in the first project
year to be trained as trainers for future field courses. A field course training manual will be produced and given to participants on completion of the course
and will be downloadable from the website.
Post Graduate Training
Using our skills in grant writing and fundraising we are working
with DNPW to identify candidates for MSc and PhD research projects. ABC has identified a number of
potential research projects and will be attempting to secure funding for Malawian researchers to conduct Masters and PhD research with ABC through the
University of Bristol, UK. This will build in-country scientific capacity to ensure
project outputs are sustainable.
Please contact the research team if you are able to support a Malawian student or donate towards training.