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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 2017:

We kicked off the year with a Mitigation Case Studies Forum in January and the conference season is bringing together bat enthusiasts across the country with the South West of England Bat Conference in March, the North of England Bat Conference in May. The Wales Bat Conference took place in Swansea in June, the Autumn Swarming Conference will be in September and the Scottish Bat Conference returns to Battleby in November.

In November, we have an exciting new course Bearing Witness for Wildlife training for anyone wanting to improve their skills in recognising and reporting wildlife crime or when acting as a witness. 

Throughout the year there are 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. Broomfield Hospital Twilight Bat Walks

    After the huge success of the inaugural Bat Walks last year, they have
    returned for 2017! Supported by the Essex Bat Group and Heart & Sole, join us with friends and family to experience the hospital site bat activity & roost!

    England - South East

    Start: 26/05/2017 08:00
    End: 08/09/2017 08:00

  2. Bat Quiz Trail

    Barnwell's gone batty! Barnwell Country Park is running a bat quiz trail to raise awareness of International Bat Night Quiz sheets available from the Kingfisher Cafe

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 14/08/2017 10:00
    End: 03/09/2017 16:00

  3. Go Batty!

    Join Lee Valley Conservation Officers and the Essex Bat Group to learn about the bats of the Lee Valley. A short walk will be followed by a walk through the park armed with bat detectors to search for these amazing nocturnal creatures.

    England - South East

    Start: 18/08/2017 19:00
    End: 18/08/2017 21:30

  4. Bat Nights

    All nights will include an introductory talk on bats, and how they use the church and churchyard. There will be childrens craft activities (with prizes) plus the opportunity to watch the bats emerge from the church using state of the art infra-red cameras. There may even be some captive bats to see at close quarters. Refreshments available.

    England - East of England

    Start: 18/08/2017 19:00
    End: 18/08/2017 23:00

  5. Skellingthorpe Bat Walk in conjunction with Sustrans and Lincs Bat Group

    Walk with a local bat expert from the Lincs Bat Group who will give a short talk and take us on a linear walk along a section of the NCN Route 64 towards the Old Wood, a piece of ancient woodland on the outskirts of Skellingthorpe.

    England - East Midlands

    Start: 19/08/2017 09:00
    End: 19/08/2017 09:00

  6. Bat Walks

    Come along to RSPB Sandwell Valley for four nights of Bat Walks! Encounter some amazing night-time wildlife, talk with our experts, and go on a bat walk around the reserve.

    Suitable for all ages, and families welcome.

    England - West Midlands

    Start: 22/08/2017 20:00
    End: 25/08/2017 22:00

  7. Night time ramble

    Take a walk on the wild side through Cranbrook's green spaces, to see the park and wildlife in a different light. Wear warm clothing, sturdy footwear, and bring a torch. No dogs.

    England - South West

    Start: 23/08/2017 12:00
    End: 23/08/2017 12:00

  8. Bat Walks

    Times vary with sunset. WWT London Wetland Centre is one of the best places to watch and learn about bats in London as we have about seven species that hunt on site. Adults and children over 8 years. Children must be accompanies by an adult.

    England - South West

    Start: 24/08/2017 14:00
    End: 31/08/2017 14:00

  9. International Bat Night - Bangers, Burgers and Bats

    One of the most popular dates in the Sheepdrove Calendar, our annual Bat Night & BBQ is always a sell-out.
    Experts talk you through bat identification and conservation. Then, as dusk falls, they will guide you through Sheepdrove's twighlight world to see the spectacle of bats hunting moths and other nocturnal flying insects.

    England - South East

    Start: 25/08/2017 09:00
    End: 25/08/2017 09:00

  10. Go Batty for Bats

    Join Simon from the Forestry Commission for the rare opportunity to see bats up close and learn about their ecology.
    We'll be popping out into the forest to visit some of our bat boxes to see what we can find.


    Start: 25/08/2017 10:00
    End: 25/08/2017 12:00

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