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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. Of Bats, Birds and Man - Conserving Cultural Misfits

    After a glass of champagne on arrival, and your superb 3-course dinner, relax and let Dr Allyson Walsh take you on an exploration of bats, vultures, and other winged iconic creatures which fill us with fascination and fear. Allyson, a pragmatic conservation biologist has a PhD in the landscape ecology of bats.

    England - North West

    Start: 26/10/2018 18:00
    End: 26/10/2018 22:30

  2. Kaleidoscope Viewer for Bat Groups

    A half-day workshop designed for bat group members to develop their knowledge and understanding of bat call analysis using Kaleidoscope Viewer, the free software developed by Wildlife Acoustics.


    Start: 28/10/2018 14:00
    End: 28/10/2018 17:00

  3. Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro

    One day course for ecological consultants, introducing Kaleidoscope Pro and its ability to analyse large data sets. The course will focus on both the free and full versions of the software and its application within the profession and is led by Wildlife Acoustics' Paul Howden-Leach, an expert in Kaleidoscope Pro. Any course profits will go to BCT.


    Start: 29/10/2018 09:30
    End: 29/10/2018 17:00

  4. SE of England Bat Conference

    This is a one-day event for bat workers and bat enthusiasts in the South East of England and the Channel Islands. THe day includes a variety of talks and a choice of 90 minute workshops. More information:

    England - South East

    Start: 10/11/2018 09:30
    End: 10/11/2018 17:00

  5. Scottish Bat Workers' Conference

    This is a one day conference open to anyone with an interest in bats. Attending the conference is a great way to update your bat knowledge, practical skills and to network.


    Start: 17/11/2018 09:00
    End: 17/11/2018 17:30

  6. Bat Walk Leader Training

    A fun session in which you will learn how to plan and run a bat walk.

    The session will include:

    An introduction to bats

    Planning your walk

    Using a bat detector

    Identifying bats

    We will carry out a Bat Walk, using the detectors and identifying the bats as we go.

    Booking essential

    England - South West

    Start: 14/05/2019 22:00
    End: 14/05/2019 22:00

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