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.
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!
If you are organising a bat event please add it to the list (subject to approval).
Upcoming bat events
Two informative workshops alongside crafts for kids and (weather dependant) a bat survey in the local woodland.
England - North East
Start: 25/10/2016 10:00
End: 25/10/2016 16:00
This one-day course will provide a full introduction to the use of AnaLookW software to analyse zero-crossed files. The course will introduce the various remote recording systems available, their use and limitations. The course will include practical sessions to give attendees experience in setting up and using the software, analysing data and identifying species, transferring and exporting data.
Participants will need to have previous experience of analysisng either frequency division or time expansion recordings using other software.
England - South East
Start: 27/10/2016 09:00
End: 27/10/2016 17:00
Are you experienced in carrying out professional bat surveys? Would you like to learn how to interpret the data you have collected and analysed? Do you want to be able to assess the impacts of a development on a site and learn how to implement suitable mitigation? This course will teach you how legislation, planning policy and licensing impact on your work. Over two days this classroom based course will teach participants how best to interpret survey results and how to assess the value of a site and the impact of proposed small-scale works. It will also provide an overview of the principles of designing/implementing a suitable mitigation scheme, and the importance of monitoring.
England - West Midlands
Start: 09/11/2016 09:30
End: 10/11/2016 17:00
This is a one-day event for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live or work in the South East of England or who are members of bat groups in the region. For more details and to book on go to: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/seconference.html.
England - South East
Start: 26/11/2016 12:00
End: 26/11/2016 12:00
This event is being facilitated by the authors of ‘Social Calls of the Bats of Britain & Ireland’ with a view to giving the stage to highly respected bat researchers who have in some way contributed or have something to contribute towards the understanding of social calls in bats.
England - South East
Start: 29/11/2016 09:30
End: 29/11/2016 16:00
This one day course aimed at consultants will allow participants to build on knowledge gained at other courses, and will provide an understanding of trees and the techniques needed to survey them effectively. The course will comprise some theoretical classroom sessions and a practical exercise.
Start: 02/12/2016 09:45
End: 02/12/2016 17:30
This one day course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for buildings and their renovation/development/maintenance, and at those who carry out the above. This includes builders, surveyors, architects and pest controllers. This awareness course will ensure that participants are aware of their responsibilities with regard to bats and are also able to recognise the basic signs of potential roosts.
England - South West
Start: 11/01/2017 09:30
End: 11/01/2017 16:15
This one day course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for buildings and their renovation/development/maintenance, and at those who carry out the above. This includes builders, surveyors, architects and pest controllers.
This awareness course will ensure that participants are aware of their responsibilities with regard to bats and are also able to recognise the basic signs of potential roosts.
Start: 15/03/2017 09:30
End: 15/03/2017 16:15