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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. Next steps for enhancing natural capital and biodiversity in Scotland

    Delegates will discuss the findings of the report and the next steps for reversing the decline of biodiversity in Scotland, including how local authorities can best engage with other stakeholders - such as conservation groups and landowners - when drafting Local Biodiversity Action Plans.


    Start: 01/03/2017 11:00
    End: 01/03/2017 11:00

  2. 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.

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

  3. Next steps for natural environment policy in England

    Sessions are expected to examine the Government’s progress towards delivering a 25-year Environment Plan and the central role of the Natural Capital Committee in advising and helping to deliver this.

    England - South East

    Start: 27/04/2017 16:00
    End: 27/04/2017 16:00

  4. Acoustic Ecology and Identification of European Bats

    The 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 with computer analysis, along with integration of the behaviour of the individual bats studied.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/09/2017 10:00
    End: 29/09/2017 10:00

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