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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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Upcoming bat events

  1. 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 - South East

    When?
    Start: 18/10/2016 09:30
    End: 18/10/2016 17:00

  2. Arboriculture and bats: Secondary roost surveys for arborists (incl endoscope use)

    Aimed at arborists who already have a basic understanding of the issues surrounding bats and trees and can undertake an inital scoping study for bat roosts. This follow on course will teach participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey. You will explore in more depth the practical skills needed in the field, the methods that can be used to rule out the potential of features as sutiable bat roosts, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and be given guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence. Prior knowledge and skills are required and can be gained by attending Arboriculture and Bats: Scoping surveys for arborists. This course is in line with British Standard 8596: Surveying for Bats in Trees and Woodland. The method statement mentioned in the standard is taken directly from this course and attendees will be given training on how to use this method statement appropriately. Please note that this course does not provide adequate training to gain a bat licence.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 19/10/2016 09:30
    End: 19/10/2016 16:30

  3. Bat Day

    Two informative workshops alongside crafts for kids and (weather dependant) a bat survey in the local woodland.

    England - North East

    When?
    Start: 25/10/2016 10:00
    End: 25/10/2016 16:00

  4. AnaLook software

    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

    When?
    Start: 27/10/2016 09:00
    End: 27/10/2016 17:00

  5. Interpreting your bat surveys

    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

    When?
    Start: 09/11/2016 09:30
    End: 10/11/2016 17:00

  6. Surveying Trees

    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.

    When?
    Start: 02/12/2016 09:45
    End: 02/12/2016 17:30

  7. Bats for Building Professionals

    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

    When?
    Start: 11/01/2017 09:30
    End: 11/01/2017 16:15

  8. Bats for Building Professionals

    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.

    When?
    Start: 15/03/2017 09:30
    End: 15/03/2017 16:15

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