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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 in 2014:

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

National Bat Conference the biggest event in the bat calendar

East of England, Midlands and South East England Bat Conferences for bat enthusiuasts living or working in those regions

In Wales there is the Bat Workers Day and in Scotland there is the Spring into Action event.

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  1. Welsh Wish

    How does ‘living in harmony with our planet’ look to you? Following the success of ‘Welsh Wish – Dymuniad Cymru’ as part of Earth Hour, the aim of the next part of the campaign is to show what a brighter future looks like. By posting images online, organisers hope the pictures will remind politicians about the importance of a sustainable future for Wales, as the Welsh Government introduces the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill. Taking part in Welsh Wish is easy! 1. Take a picture of what you like about nature and living in harmony with the planet 2. Make a wish – say why this is important to you and tag it #welshwish 3. Share it – post your picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram


    Start: 06/08/2014 00:00
    End: 30/09/2014 00:00

  2. Big Bat Walks

    Start and finish times vary - please see website for specific timings. WWT London Wetland Centre is one of the best places to watch bats in London. Our bat walks give you the chance not only to see these amazing flying mammals, but also learn more about them with a talk by one of our bat experts in our theatre before heading out to the reserve.

    England - South East

    Start: 14/08/2014 19:45
    End: 25/09/2014 22:15

  3. Bat Walk, Kent

    Join us for a bat walk around Woodlands Farm. We have a number of different bat species living on the farm so this is a great opportunity to find out more about bats and see what we can find. You will need sturdy footwear, suitable outdoor clothing and a torch. This activity is not recommended for children under 6.

    England - South East

    Start: 03/09/2014 19:30
    End: 03/09/2014 19:30

  4. Bats of the night

    The evening will start with a short talk about bats, then we'll head out in the twilight to see and hear them with bat expert Freda Seddon.


    Start: 05/09/2014 18:45
    End: 05/09/2014 14:00

  5. Bats about Elvaston

    Did you know that Elvaston Castle Country Park is home to 7 different species of bat? Join us in our search for these night time flyers and listen to their sonic sounds with our amazing bat detectors! If conditions on the night are not right for bats then we'll have other night time creatures to entertain you.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 05/09/2014 19:00
    End: 05/09/2014 21:00

  6. Midge Munchers and Marshmallows

    A moonlit search around the harbour and woods for these flying mammals with a taste for midges. Marshmallow toasting to finish.


    Start: 05/09/2014 19:45
    End: 05/09/2014 21:00

  7. Achvarasdal Woodland Bat Walk

    Achvarasdal Woodland is a haven for these intriguing creatures of the night. Use our bat detectors and help us search for these fascinating flying mammals. Wear warm clothing and bring a torch. Very weather dependent.


    Start: 05/09/2014 20:00
    End: 05/09/2014 21:30

  8. Bats at Craignethan Castle

    Learn about this fascinating building, and then explore the spectacular setting of the Nethan Gorge Reserve looking for bugs, beasties and bats. Led by the Historic Scotland Ranger and Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager. Wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear, bring a torch.


    Start: 06/09/2014 19:30
    End: 06/09/2014 22:00

  9. Bat walk at the Pineapple, Falkirk

    Come along and find out some of the great species of bat this site has and see what other night time creatures we can discover.


    Start: 08/09/2014 20:00
    End: 08/09/2014 22:00

  10. Bat Walk at Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh

    On this ranger led walk we will be finding out what bat species we can discover.

    Join us to learn more about the bats at Newhailes Estate.


    Start: 09/09/2014 20:00
    End: 09/09/2014 22:00

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