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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. Go Batty in Hetton Lyons Country Park

    Listening to bats as they emerge after sunset by the use of bat detectors. See them swoop among the trees catching insects & discover the different flight patterns. Find out amazing facts about these creatures through a fascinating presentation from the Durham Wildlife Trust. There will be a reward for the best bat costume. Meet at Visitor Centre.

    England - North East

    Start: 16/08/2018 19:00
    End: 16/08/2018 21:15

  2. Twycross zoo - Family Bat Walk and Talk!

    Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages*, bring the whole family to learn about native bats and explore our Wetland Nature Reserve in search of bats.

    See our website for more information!

    *Children (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult throughout the evening.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 22/08/2018 10:00
    End: 22/08/2018 10:00

  3. Bat Walk, Elmdon Park, Solihull

    Another chance to join the Park Rangers on one of our popular bat walks around the park. Using our high tech bat detectors, try to spot bats as they fly around the lake in their search for food. Places are limited so to book in advance, contact 0121 704 8000. Meet by the car park on Tanhouse Farm Road.

    England - West Midlands

    Start: 22/08/2018 20:00
    End: 22/08/2018 22:00

  4. Bat Nights, St Peter Church, Guestwick

    A series of Bat Nights, led by Philip Parker from the Norfolk Bats in

    Churches Project, will be held in July and August 2017. Light refreshments included

    England - East of England

    Start: 23/08/2018 18:45
    End: 23/08/2018 22:00

  5. Children's Bat Walk at Keston Common

    Take part in an amazing nocturnal adventure. Armed with a bat detector we go in search of our amazing and cute bats! Ages 5+

    England - South East

    Start: 24/08/2018 19:30
    End: 24/08/2018 21:30

  6. Bat Walk

    Bat Walk for International Bat Night.

    England - West Midlands

    Start: 25/08/2018 11:00
    End: 25/08/2018 11:00

  7. Bat walk in Mote Park, Maidstone

    A free guided walk led by ecologist and international tour leader Simon Ginnaw, first looking at the park’s wildlife, trees and history, before searching for bats on International Bat Night.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/08/2018 18:30
    End: 25/08/2018 22:00

  8. International Bat Night event

    Batty crafts for children followed by short talk then walk around reserve.

    England - East of England

    Start: 25/08/2018 19:00
    End: 25/08/2018 21:00

  9. Isle of Wight Bat Safari

    Join the Isle of Wight Bat Group and Isle of Wight Bat Hospital for an evening of bat watching and listening to bat facts at our annual Bat Safari Night as part of the International Bat Weekend.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/08/2018 20:00
    End: 25/08/2018 21:30

  10. Bat Walk

    Join us for a walk at dusk looking for bats with bat detectors. Please bring your own torch if you have one.

    Northern Ireland

    Start: 25/08/2018 20:00
    End: 25/08/2018 22:00

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