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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. 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 - South East

    When?
    Start: 28/04/2015 09:30
    End: 28/04/2015 17:30

  2. Introductory bat detector workshop, Battersea Park, April 2015

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field.

    England - South East

    When?
    Start: 28/04/2015 18:15
    End: 28/04/2015 22:00

  3. Bat Neighbours at Glasgow Open House art festival

    A live sound art piece in which a colony of human-bat performers hang out in an attic and have a jam session, turning recordings of bat calls made with bat detectors into an improvised composition.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 02/05/2015 14:00
    End: 04/05/2015 14:00

  4. Bat ID and Survey Workshop

    The session, will explain how to identify bats by sight and sound, the habitats where different types species live, and their status as protected species. At dusk you will take a short walk around Cambuskenneth to look for the different species found using a range of special bat detectors.

    Scotland

    When?
    Start: 08/05/2015 10:00
    End: 08/05/2015 10:00

  5. Introductory bat detector workshop, Cumbria, May 2015

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field.

    England - North West

    When?
    Start: 09/05/2015 18:45
    End: 09/05/2015 22:30

  6. Introductory bat detector workshop, Derbyshire, May 2015

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field.

    England - East Midlands

    When?
    Start: 15/05/2015 18:30
    End: 15/05/2015 22:30

  7. Open Your Ears Bat Walk

    Join licensed bat worker and Leicestershire Bat Group member Joelle Bryan for an evening workshop on British Bats. These amazing creatures are often misunderstood and overlooked so join us to learn the basics and head out for a guided bat walk, listening to and identifying the bats using detectors.

    England - East Midlands

    When?
    Start: 16/05/2015 09:00
    End: 16/05/2015 09:00

  8. 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. This course is run in conjunction the Arboriculture Association and is Lantra certified.

    England - North East

    When?
    Start: 18/05/2015 09:30
    End: 18/05/2015 17:00

  9. Introductory bat detector workshop, Norfolk, May 2015

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field.

    England - East of England

    When?
    Start: 21/05/2015 18:15
    End: 21/05/2015 22:00

  10. Introductory bat detector workshop, Derbyshire, May 2015

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field.

    Wales

    When?
    Start: 21/05/2015 18:45
    End: 21/05/2015 22:45

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