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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 2014:

Woodland Bat Symposium a one day event bringing together bat workers, ecologists and researchers with those working in the forestry industry to discuss latest research, survey techniques and share best practice. Bookings opening soon.

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

National Bat Conference the biggest event in the bat calendar

East of England, Midlands and South East England Bat Conferences for bat enthusiuasts living or working in those regions

In Wales there is the Bat Workers Day and in Scotland there is the Spring into Action event.

Discover batty things happening near you!

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Upcoming bat events

  1. Big Bat Walks

    Start and finish times vary - please see website for specific timings. WWT London Wetland Centre is one of the best places to watch bats in London. Our bat walks give you the chance not only to see these amazing flying mammals, but also learn more about them with a talk by one of our bat experts in our theatre before heading out to the reserve.

    England - South East

    Start: 14/08/2014 19:45
    End: 25/09/2014 22:15

  2. Bat Weekend

    We have plenty of bat information to share, plus create your own bats to take home, bat face painting, bat puzzles, bat discovery challenge and exhibition.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 20/09/2014 10:30
    End: 21/09/2014 02:30

  3. Bat walk, Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire

    A walk around the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre reserve with bat detectors. Children's bat crafts will be available before the walk from 6.30pm. After the walk, hot drinks and biscuits will be available from 8pm.


    Start: 26/09/2014 18:30
    End: 26/09/2014 20:30

  4. Arboriculture and Bats: A Guide For Practitioners

    This introductory one day course for arborists will help you to carry out tree works with consideration of the potential effects on bats and their habitats.

    England - South East

    Start: 27/10/2014 09:30
    End: 27/10/2014 16:30

  5. Arboriculture and bats: How to use a fibrescope

    This course follows on from the basic course; and will explore methods that can be used to look for evidence of bats with and without a bat licence and learn the appropriate use of fibrescopes.

    England - South East

    Start: 28/10/2014 09:30
    End: 28/10/2014 16:30

  6. Bat box workshop, Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire

    Receive expert one-to-one tuition to create your very own professional bat box. By making a bat box and putting it up in your garden, you will be providing a much-needed home for your local bats!


    Start: 29/10/2014 11:00
    End: 29/10/2014 16:00

  7. Batty crafts at Broderick Country Park

    Create your own bat-themed Halloween decorations with the Brodick Country Park rangers during this drop-in craft session!

    No need to book, drop in at Brodick Country Park ranger centre anytime between 14:00 and 16:00.


    Start: 30/10/2014 14:00
    End: 30/10/2014 16:00

  8. Surveying Trees

    This one-day course will allow participants to build on knowledge gained on other courses, and will provide an understanding of trees and the techniques needed to survey them effectively.

    England - South East

    Start: 02/12/2014 09:30
    End: 02/12/2014 16:30

  9. Mitigation

    This one day course, developed and delivered by Dr Sandie Sowler, is intended for those who require an in-depth look at bat mitigation strategies that both have and haven’t worked.

    England - South East

    Start: 03/12/2014 09:30
    End: 03/12/2014 16:30

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