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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 Ecology and Conservation

    A one day course designed for those new to bat work, it will offer a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation as well as the different UK species, range and distribution. The day will also include an ID session with Jenny Clark and her education bats.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 03/05/2016 09:30
    End: 03/05/2016 17:00

  2. Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, Tyne and Wear, May 2016

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    England - North East

    When?
    Start: 04/05/2016 18:30
    End: 04/05/2016 22:30

  3. Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, Perth and Kinross, 6th May

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves a classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 06/05/2016 16:00
    End: 06/05/2016 22:00

  4. Wales Bat Workers Day 2016

    Wales Bat Workers Day 2016 - a day for anyone with an interest in bats. An opportunity to hear of some fascinating projects and to meet others who are also involved in bat conservation.

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 07/05/2016 10:00
    End: 07/05/2016 16:00

  5. Introductory bat detector workshop, Cumbria, 7 May 2016

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    England - North West

    When?
    Start: 07/05/2016 18:30
    End: 07/05/2016 22:30

  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: 07/05/2016 20:00
    End: 07/05/2016 21:30

  7. Acoustic Ecology and Identification of European Bats

    This week-long workshop focuses entirely on in-the-field acoustic methods, following a scientific program developed in France since 1988. This method is based on manual species identification, combining in-the-field listening in heterodyne and time expansion, along with integration of the behaviour of the individual bats studied.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 09/05/2016 11:00
    End: 13/05/2016 14:00

  8. Using Bat Detectors

    This one day course offers an introduction to the use of bat detectors for professional bat surveys. It will cover different detector systems (heterodyne, frequency division, time expansion and full spectrum).

    England - East Midlands

    When?
    Start: 11/05/2016 09:30
    End: 11/05/2016 17:30

  9. NBMP Introductory bat detector workshop, Conwy, 12th May 2016

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 12/05/2016 18:30
    End: 12/05/2016 18:30

  10. 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: 17/05/2016 09:30
    End: 17/05/2016 17:00

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