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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 in 2015:

There are regional conferences aimed at bat enthusiasts taking place in the South West and North of England this Spring.

There are a range of training courses aimed at both professionals and volunteers.

BCT holds an international symposium every year that focusses on particular aspects relating to wildlife conservation in the professional sector. For 2015 the topic was Wildlife and Transport Infrastructure.

There are conferences being run in Wales (in June) and in Scotland (in November).

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar!

International Bat Night a nationwide celebration of bats coordinated by BCT over the last weekend of August.

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Upcoming bat events

  1. Basic Bat Care Workshop (Inverness)

    A very basic course for beginners to bat care. Suitable for ; wildlife rehabilitators, vet nurses and keen bat enthusiasts . The workshop will include talks on bat care and opportunities for networking with other carers. ( Contact
    if you want more information about the workshop content )


    Start: 12/07/2015 14:00
    End: 12/07/2015 16:00

  2. Evening Bat Walk (North London)

    Enter the mysterious and fascinating world of bats! Setting out at dusk, you will be led by experts from the North London Bat Group to get a closer look at these fascinating creatures as they hunt in Trent Park.

    England - South East

    Start: 12/07/2015 21:00
    End: 12/07/2015 23:00

  3. NBMP Waterway Survey Workshop, Bedfordshire

    This workshop focuses on the species identification and survey techniques needed to take part in the Daubenton's Survey which forms part of the long-running National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). By volunteering with the NBMP you can help us track changes in the UK's bat populations.

    England - East of England

    Start: 25/07/2015 19:00
    End: 25/07/2015 22:30

  4. Bat Walk

    Watch bats exiting the maternity roost, then a walk around the lake to see them feeding.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/07/2015 20:30
    End: 25/07/2015 22:30

  5. Surveying for bats

    An ideal follow-up to Bat Ecology and Conservation and Using Bat Detectors, it will give you the knowledge and skills to plan professional bat surveys, and learn practical survey skills and field sign identification.

    England - West Midlands

    Start: 28/07/2015 09:15
    End: 29/07/2015 17:30

  6. Bat walks

    Times vary with sunset, call for details.
    Bat walks take place every Thursday throughout August and September.

    England - South East

    Start: 06/08/2015 10:00
    End: 24/09/2015 10:00

  7. Bat walk at the House of the Binns

    Join us at the House of the Binns to find out more about the amazing life of bats.
    On this ranger led walk we will be using bat detectors and learning all about the different species of bat that can be found at House of the Binns.


    Start: 06/08/2015 20:00
    End: 06/08/2015 22:00

  8. Bowling bat walk

    A public bat walk along the Dalmuir to Milton Greener Greenway route (National Cycle Network route 7), led by Anne Youngman.


    Start: 06/08/2015 21:30
    End: 06/08/2015 23:00

  9. Bat Walk at Newhailes Estate

    Come along and learn all about the fantastic species of bat we have here Newhailes Estate.
    We will be using Bat Detectors to find where the Bat species are.

    Our expert ranger will be there to tell you all about the types of bats you can see and hear.


    Start: 11/08/2015 20:00
    End: 11/08/2015 10:00

  10. Bat Walk and Twilight Ramble around Gartcosh Local Nature Reserve

    Come along to see the creatures that come out under the cover of darkness. Dusk is a perfect time to spot a bat as they head out into the night to feed. Bats are not the only creatures out at night - owls may add to the atmosphere and perhaps a curious fox will cross our path. Booking essential due to limited spaces.


    Start: 13/08/2015 20:30
    End: 13/08/2015 22:30

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