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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 2016:

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar!

There are a range of training courses aimed at both professionals and volunteers.

Regional conferences are taking place in the Midlands, East and South East of England this year.

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

The Scotland Bat Conference will take place in November.

BCT holds an international symposium every year that focusses on particular aspects relating to wildlife conservation in the professional sector. Watch this space for news of the 2016 topic.

Discover batty things happening near you!

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  1. Bat Walks

    We supply bat detectors to help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food. Times vary with sunset.

    England - South East

    Start: 11/08/2016 11:45
    End: 15/09/2016 11:45

  2. BatFest 2016

    This year the Bat Conservation Trust have joined up with the London Wildlife Trust in a new and exciting collaboration to host BatFest; A hugely popular weekend to celebrate International Bat Weekend

    England - South East

    Start: 26/08/2016 09:00
    End: 28/08/2016 16:30

  3. River Allen Bat Roost - International Bat Night Celebration

    River Allen Bat Roost's International Bat Night Celebration
    BBQ, wicked desserts and some bat-themed fun followed by a bat walk beside the river Allen. Get your tickets now on or at Honeybrook Farm.

    More details here:

    England - South West

    Start: 28/08/2016 18:00
    End: 28/08/2016 21:30

  4. Jersey Bat Group - Queen's Valley Reservoir Bat Walk

    Members of the Jersey Bat Group will let you in on the secret world of bats as you are led on a short walk around the reservoir. Learn more about bats, how to use detectors and how you can help local bats.

    Channel Islands

    Start: 28/08/2016 19:00
    End: 28/08/2016 21:30

  5. Grovelands Park Evening Bat Walk

    Bat walk, led by Jeanette Sitton from the North London Bat Group.

    England - South East

    Start: 28/08/2016 22:00
    End: 28/08/2016 22:00

  6. An Introduction to Bats ( in association with the John Muir Award SCOTLAND)

    An introduction to bats for people involved in delivering the John Muir Award. The course will cover; an introduction to bats, simple surveys suitable for volunteers, ideas for craft projects, an introduction to BCT educational/ supporting resources and a practical session outdoors (weather permitting) using bat detectors.


    Start: 01/09/2016 18:00
    End: 01/09/2016 21:00

  7. Sound analysis and species identification

    This one day course is aimed at professionals or interested amateurs and will focus on the analysis of calls recorded on full spectrum, broadband time expansion or frequency division bat detectors. The course will look analysis and identification of British bat calls, with BatSound as the primary software utilised, though the identification features illustrated will apply to a range of different software.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 15/09/2016 09:00
    End: 15/09/2016 17:00

  8. Bat Walk at Hadleigh Country Park

    Come and join us on a family-friendly (5yrs +) bat walk. We’ll take a tour around the park listening out for these elusive creatures with bat detectors. Make sure you wear warm clothes, sturdy boots and bring a torch; bat detectors will be supplied. Dogs also welcome but must be kept on a lead. Please meet in the car park at the given start time.

    England - East of England

    Start: 17/09/2016 19:00
    End: 17/09/2016 20:30

  9. Arboriculture and Bats: Scoping surveys for arborists

    This basic awareness course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, is aimed at arborists, and will help them to carry out tree works with consideration of the potential effects on bats and their habitats. The course counts towards Arboricultural Association CPD requirements and participants will receive a Lantra awards attendance certificate. Please note this is a basic awareness course - it will not give arborists the knowledge or skills to carry out full bat surveys. This course is inline with the British Standard 8596 - Surveying for bats in trees and woodland.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 22/09/2016 09:30
    End: 22/09/2016 17:00

  10. Colchester Cemetery Bat Evening

    Meet the ranger and join the led walk around Colchester Cemetery identifying different bats including crossing the road and taking a look at bat activity over the lake at Bourne Valley. Please bring a torch. Public family event.

    England - East of England

    Start: 23/09/2016 18:30
    End: 23/09/2016 20:30

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