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Events and training

Whether you are a bat-beginner or an expert you are sure to find an event for you in the listing below. Year round the Bat Conservation Trust, local bat groups as well as conservation and community organisations arrange bat events across the UK  from training courses  to bat walks for families. 

Highlights for 2017:

We kicked off the year with a Mitigation Case Studies Forum in January and the conference season is bringing together bat enthusiasts across the country with the South West of England Bat Conference in March, the North of England Bat Conference in May. The Wales Bat Conference took place in Swansea in June, the Autumn Swarming Conference will be in September and the Scottish Bat Conference returns to Battleby in November.

In November, we have an exciting new course Bearing Witness for Wildlife training for anyone wanting to improve their skills in recognising and reporting wildlife crime or when acting as a witness. 

Throughout the year there are a range of training courses for both professionals and volunteers interested in improving their skills and bat knowledge. If you can't see the course you are looking for, contact us to discuss your training needs.

International Bat Night a nationwide celebration of bats coordinated by BCT will take place over the last weekend of August.


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Upcoming bat events

  1. Bat Walks

    Times vary with sunset. WWT London Wetland Centre is one of the best places to watch bats in London, we have about seven species that hunt on site. Our bat walks give you the chance to see these amazing flying mammals. Learn more about them with our bat experts before heading to the reserve. We supply bat detectors. Adults and kids over 10 years.

    England - South West

    Start: 07/09/2017 20:30
    End: 28/09/2017 20:00

  2. Acoustic Ecology and Identification of European Bats

    The workshop focuses entirely on in-the-field acoustic methods, following a scientific program developed in France since 1988. This method is based on manual species identification, combining in-the-field listening in heterodyne and time expansion with computer analysis, along with integration of the behaviour of the individual bats studied.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/09/2017 10:00
    End: 29/09/2017 10:00

  3. Sound analysis and species identification

    This one-day course, for professionals or interested amateurs, focuses on the analysis of calls recorded on full spectrum, broadband time expansion or frequency division bat detectors. It includes analysis and identification of British bat calls, using BatSound as primary software - illustrated identification features also apply to other software.

    England - South East

    Start: 06/10/2017 09:30
    End: 06/10/2017 17:00

  4. Arboriculture and bats: scoping surveys for arborists

    One day awareness course for arborists to help them carry out tree works with consideration for the potential impacts on bats and their habitat. The course is Lantra registered, counts towards Arboricultural Association CPD and is in line with British Standard 8596 - Surveying for bats in trees and woodland.

    England - South East

    Start: 12/10/2017 09:30
    End: 12/10/2017 17:00

  5. Arboriculture and bats: secondary roost surveys for arborists

    Follow-on arborist course, it teaches participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey. You will explore the practical skills and methods that can be used to rule out bat potential, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and receive guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence. 

    England - South East

    Start: 13/10/2017 09:30
    End: 13/10/2017 17:00

  6. Bats At Belfairs

    Join us for an evening of Bat chat with Ella from Essex Bat Group. Hear about their work, learn more about these fascinating aeronauts and their rescued bats. Booking is essential £6 per person and child friendly event. Call the woodland centre to book on 01702477467.

    England - South East

    Start: 23/10/2017 19:00
    End: 23/10/2017 20:30

  7. An introduction to Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

    One day course for experienced bat surveyors wishing to further their skills and non-bat specialists considering impacts on bats. It introduces advanced bat survey techniques (trapping free-flying bats, radio tracking) and investigates the application of these techniques in line with Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines

    England - North West

    Start: 07/11/2017 16:00
    End: 07/11/2017 16:00

  8. Bearing Witness for Wildlife Training

    This one day course is for anyone wanting to improve their skills in recognising and reporting wildlife crime or when acting as a witness. The course will be presented by Craig Fellowes and BCT's Conservation Wildlife Crime Officer Pete Charleston. Together they have 60+ years policing experience and almost 50 years investigating wildlife crime.

    England - South East

    Start: 09/11/2017 09:30
    End: 09/11/2017 16:30

  9. Scottish Bat Worker's Conference 2018

    This is a one day conference open to anyone with an interest in bats. Attending the conference is a great way to update your bat knowledge, practical skills and to network. There is a diverse range of talks and the opportunity to take part in a practical workshop. The Bat Conservation Trust AGM will take place after the conference closes.


    Start: 18/11/2017 09:30
    End: 18/11/2017 16:30

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