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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.

Discover batty things happening near you!

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Upcoming bat events

  1. 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

  2. Lissan goes Bats

    Lissan House, Cookstown is uniquely home to all nine species of Northern Ireland's bats. The informative and fun evening commences with a lecture and slide presentation on bats by an expert Chiropterologist followed by an explorative walk around the Estate. Light refreshments and 'batty' crafts for children will make this a night to remember!

    Northern Ireland

    Start: 04/09/2015 07:30
    End: 04/09/2015 10:15

  3. My Wild Life: Bats in the dusk

    From your Local Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), this talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman is about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know there are 17 species of Bats in the UK and one bat can eat 3,000 insects in one night?

    England - South East

    Start: 04/09/2015 19:15
    End: 04/09/2015 20:45

  4. Bat Walk at Preston Mill

    Join us on a bat walk with the National Trust for Scotland Rangers.

    On this walk you will learn lots about the different species of bats at Preston Mill and the surrounding area.

    This walk is very popular book early to guarantee a place


    Start: 04/09/2015 19:30
    End: 04/09/2015 21:00

  5. Preston Mill Bat Walk

    On this walk you will learn all about the different species of bats at Preston Mill and the surrounding area.

    This walk is very popular, book early to guarantee a place.

    Warm clothing and outdoor shoes a must Children must be accompanied by an adult


    Start: 04/09/2015 19:30
    End: 04/09/2015 21:00

  6. Bat & Moth Night

    Join the Aberdeenshire Rangers and Nesbats to learn more about bats and moths at Portlethen Community Woodland.


    Start: 04/09/2015 19:30
    End: 04/09/2015 21:30

  7. David Livingston Centre Bat Walk

    We'll be looking for bats in the Explorer's Garden and down by the River Clyde - while we can't guarantee that bats will be about, on past walks we've had lots of activity.

    This event will take place outside. Please dress appropriately. Family tickets available for two adults and up to four children. Please book in advance.


    Start: 10/09/2015 19:00
    End: 10/09/2015 20:00

  8. Perth bat walk

    Join our walk leader Anne Youngman of the Bat Conservation Trust on an evening bat walk with Sustrans along the National Cycle Network Route 77 in Perth and Kinross.


    Start: 10/09/2015 20:00
    End: 10/09/2015 21:30

  9. Bats, Moths and Stars at Battlehill

    Discover how to use smelly mixtures and bright lights to attract moths, plus use bat detectors to locate and identify bats. A local astronomer will also be on hand with a telescope to view the wonders of the night sky (or demonstrate what would otherwise be visible if it is cloudy)! Children aged <16 must be accompanied.


    Start: 11/09/2015 19:00
    End: 11/09/2015 19:00

  10. Newport Wetlands (Gwent) Bat and Moth Walk

    Come and explore RSPB Newport Wetlands in a totally different way. With the help of a bat detector you can capture a picture of what’s happening around you, even on the darkest of nights. At least six different types of bats have been found at the nature reserve, so the challenge is on to see how many we find!


    Start: 11/09/2015 19:00
    End: 11/09/2015 21:00

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