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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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  1. Surveying Trees

    This one day course aimed at consultants will allow participants to build on knowledge gained at other courses, and will provide an understanding of trees and the techniques needed to survey them effectively. The course will comprise some theoretical classroom sessions and a practical exercise.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 15/03/2016 09:45
    End: 15/03/2016 17:30

  2. WWT Family Bat Walk

    Bat crafts available for children from 6pm.
    Search for bats and other nocturnal creatures, with the opportunity to use our family friendly bat detectors, on a guided walk around our wonderful wetlands.
    Hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and biscuits included on the night and

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 18/03/2016 18:30
    End: 18/03/2016 20:00

  3. 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 West

    When?
    Start: 19/04/2016 09:30
    End: 19/04/2016 17:00

  4. British Bats Research Symposium

    BritBats brings together bat researchers from around the UK to talk about their work both here and abroad. It is specifically aimed at postgraduate students and post-docs to give them an opportunity to present their work in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 19/04/2016 09:30
    End: 19/04/2016 17:30

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Arboriculture and bats: Secondary roost surveys for arborists (incl endoscope use)

    Aimed at arborists who already have a basic understanding of the issues surrounding bats and trees and can undertake an inital scoping study for bat roosts. This follow on course will teach participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey. You will explore in more depth the practical skills needed in the field, the methods that can be used to rule out the potential of features as sutiable bat roosts, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and be given guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence. Prior knowledge and skills are required and can be gained by attending Arboriculture and Bats: Scoping surveys for arborists. This course is in line with British Standard 8596: Surveying for Bats in Trees and Woodland. The method statement mentioned in the standard is taken directly from this course and attendees will be given training on how to use this method statement appropriately. Please note that this course does not provide adequate training to gain a bat licence.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 18/05/2016 09:30
    End: 18/05/2016 16:30

  9. AnaLook software

    This one-day course will provide a full introduction to the use of AnaLookW software to analyse zero-crossed files. The course will introduce the various remote recording systems available, their use and limitations. The course will include practical sessions to give attendees experience in setting up and using the software, analysing data and identifying species, transferring and exporting data. Participants will need to have previous experience of analysisng either frequency division or time expansion recordings using other software.

    England - East Midlands

    When?
    Start: 24/05/2016 09:00
    End: 24/05/2016 17:00

  10. 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

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