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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.

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Upcoming bat events

  1. Bat walk at Penn Woods, Buckinghamshire

    Join the Chiltern Rangers for a stroll around one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See these acrobatic flying mammals swoop around in seach of food and learn more about them with our bat experts.

    Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult - don't forget your torch!

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 27/05/2016 13:00
    End: 27/05/2016 13:00

  2. Bat Night at St. John the Evangelist church

    Learn more about our pipistrelle bats.
    All ages welcome.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 27/05/2016 20:30
    End: 27/05/2016 22:00

  3. Spring into Action 2016 ( a training day for bat workers and enthusiasts)

    A day of practical workshops and short talks aimed at volunteer and professional bat workers. Attendees are able to attend 3 workshop sessions ( 1 and a half hours long) from a range of 11 topics. Topics include; 1) Using your ears (an introduction to bat calls heard on heterodyne detectors) 2) Sound analysis ( recognising recorded calls seen on a computer screen) 3) GIS for bat groups 4) Kerb crawling for bats! (bat surveys by car) 5) Introduction to Anabat Walkabout and Analook Insight 6) Bat Handling and in-hand identification techniques 7) Harp trapping and mist netting 8) First aid and care for bats 9) Bat droppings - what can they tell us 10) Local record centres 11) Needle-felt a (toy) bat PRE_BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Numbers in workshops are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 28/05/2016 09:30
    End: 28/05/2016 17:00

  4. Bat Survey at High Woods Country Park

    Help with survey of the wider area of High Woods Country Park (Frias Grove Ancient woodland and marsh area)

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 31/05/2016 20:45
    End: 31/05/2016 14:00

  5. 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: 03/06/2016 20:30
    End: 03/06/2016 22:30

  6. Bat Survey of Cymbeline Meadows

    Help with survey of Cymbeline Meadows (Charter Wood and wet field area)

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 07/06/2016 20:45
    End: 07/06/2016 14:00

  7. Bat Walk

    Our wetlands are the perfect habitat for bats and, with a roost onsite, you're bound see and hear these wonderful nocturnal creatures as well as experiencing our wetlands and all it's wildlife after dark.
    Guides will lead you on your walk, sharing some information about the local bat population and their life cycles as you go along.

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 10/06/2016 21:00
    End: 10/06/2016 22:00

  8. 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 - South East

    When?
    Start: 15/06/2016 09:00
    End: 15/06/2016 17:00

  9. Automatic species identification

    This one day course is aimed at professionals or interested amateurs and follow on from BCT’s Sound analysis and species identification. It will cover the principles of automated identification to analyse large volumes of data and will look at currently available software. It will cover the issues around using automated identification systems and how to optimise workflow for dealing with large datasets.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 16/06/2016 14:00
    End: 16/06/2016 14:00

  10. 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: 01/07/2016 20:30
    End: 01/07/2016 22:30

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