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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. Call Analysis Training Workshop

    An opportunity to learn how to use BatSound and have a go at analysing data from transect surveys carried out in Swanton Novers NNR

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 25/07/2016 14:00
    End: 25/07/2016 17:00

  2. Bat night at Pentire, near Polzeath

    Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge shortly after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8.30pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional.

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 27/07/2016 20:30
    End: 26/07/2016 22:00

  3. Wild Bats of Woodberry

    Woodberry Wetlands is the perfect habitat for bats and you're bound find plentiful numbers these wonderful nocturnal creatures during this behind the scenes experience at the reserve when it is closed to the general public after dark.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 29/07/2016 20:00
    End: 29/07/2016 22:00

  4. Bat Survey of High Woods Country Park

    Help with survey of the wider area of High woods Country Park (Brinkley Grove coppice area)

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 02/08/2016 20:30
    End: 02/08/2016 14:00

  5. Bat weekend - Culzean, SCOTLAND

    A weekend of bat monitoring and training. Learn about different roosts and bat species. Take part in surveys and meet new people . The final content of the weekend is still to be fixed, depending on which topics attendees feel would be most useful. Topics that are being considered include; hand netting, bat ID in the hand, tree roosts and MUCH more.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 06/08/2016 09:00
    End: 07/08/2016 18:00

  6. 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

    When?
    Start: 06/08/2016 20:30
    End: 06/08/2016 22:00

  7. Introduction to British Bats

    Learn about British bats, their ecology and lifecycle; how to identify and survey for them, and get some hands on experience with bat detectors

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 08/08/2016 18:00
    End: 08/08/2016 23:00

  8. Batty about bats

    An evening stroll with Sussex Bat Group’s, Ryan Greaves. Bat-detectors in hands, discover which bats call Pagham Harbour their home and learn more about these intriguing nocturnal mammals.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 09/08/2016 20:30
    End: 09/08/2016 23:00

  9. Bat night at Pentire, near Polzeath

    Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge shortly after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional.

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 10/08/2016 20:00
    End: 10/08/2016 22:00

  10. 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

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

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