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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 2018:

We kicked off the year with the National Bat Care Conference in February and the conference season continues to bring together bat enthusiasts across the country with the East of England Bat Conference in March, the Midlands Bat Conference in April, the National Bat Conference in September and the South East of England Bat Conference and Scottish Bat Conference returning in November.

Some of the new courses from 2017 will be taking place again for anyone who didn't get the chance to attend last year and throughout 2018 there will be a range of training courses for both professionals and volunteers interested in improving their skills and bat knowledge. If you can't see the course you are looking for, contact us to discuss your training needs.

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

 

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Upcoming bat events

  1. NBMP Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, UWTSD Carmarthen, 24th April 2018

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 24/04/2018 17:45
    End: 24/04/2018 21:30

  2. Bats At Belfairs

    Join us for an evening of "Bat Chat" with Ella from Essex Bat Group. Hear about their work, learn more about these fascinating aeronauts and meet one of their rescue bats.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 30/04/2018 19:00
    End: 30/04/2018 20:30

  3. NBMP Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, Bristol, 12th May 2018

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 12/05/2018 18:45
    End: 12/05/2018 22:30

  4. Spring Into Action Day 2018

    This is a day for anyone interested in bat conservation. It offers attendees an opportunity to learn new practical skills, improve on their existing ones, meet other bat workers and hear the latest in bat news.
    A range of workshops are on offer, to suit beginners to bat work and those with more experience.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 19/05/2018 09:30
    End: 19/05/2018 16:00

  5. Bat Weekend

    Stalls from Essex Bat Group, with display boards, mounted bats, live bats, bat trail for children around the nature reserve. members of the bat group will be present for information and questions. Tea shop at the conservation centre

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 19/05/2018 11:00
    End: 20/05/2018 15:00

  6. Bat Walk Leader Training – Paignton

    A fun session on how to plan and run a bat walk.
    The session will include:
    A basic intro to bats
    Identifying a good route
    Health and Safety
    Use a bat detector
    Identify the bats

    Held in partnership with Paignton Zoo and Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 24/05/2018 18:30
    End: 24/05/2018 23:00

  7. Bat Walk Leader Training – Paignton

    A fun session on how to plan and run a bat walk.
    The session will include:
    A basic intro to bats
    Identifying a good route
    Health and Safety
    Use a bat detector
    Identify the bats

    Held in partnership with Paignton Zoo and Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 30/05/2018 18:30
    End: 30/05/2018 23:00

  8. NBMP Introductory bat detector workshop, Radipole Lake, 2nd June 2018

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk.

    England - South West

    When?
    Start: 02/06/2018 18:45
    End: 02/06/2018 22:30

  9. NBMP Introductory Bat Detector Workshop, Lyme Park, Stockport, 9th June April 2018

    If you have a bat detector but don’t have loads of experience in using it, this course is for you. The workshop will equip you for all the groups’ surveys and the National Bat Monitoring Programme.

    England - North West

    When?
    Start: 09/06/2018 17:30
    End: 09/06/2018 23:00

  10. “Bats of Orchard, River & Belfry”

    A talk on bats followed by a stroll listening for signs of these special Angels of the Night. Loan detectors available. Why not arrive early with a picnic & explore Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve?

    England - West Midlands

    When?
    Start: 22/06/2018 20:45
    End: 22/06/2018 23:00

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