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Bat Group Bulletin No. 149

Bat Group Bulletin No. 149: 19 October 2017

  1. Scottish Bat Workers Conference
  2. BCT AGM 2017
  3. Kate Barlow Award 2018
  4. National Bat Conference 2018
  5. Training Opportunities for Building Professionals
  6. Grants for British Science Week 2018
  7. BCT Halloween is for Bats Event (London)
  8. Bat Research Papers & Reports
  9. Key Dates for Your Diary

1. Scottish Bat Workers Conference

There are still some places available for the Scottish Bat Workers Conference! The event will be held on Saturday 18th November at Battleby, near Perth. Cost £35-40. For further information or to book a place please see the BCT web page for the event

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2. BCT AGM 2017

This year’s BCT Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place directly after the Scottish Bat Conference. If you are booking to attend the conference, please indicate on the booking form if you would like to attend the AGM as well. You don’t have to be attending the conference to come along to the AGM. If you just want to attend the AGM then please get in touch by emailing the membership team

The AGM will take place after the conference closes and will last an hour. We warmly invite members to stay for the AGM and then to join the BCT staff and trustees for a drink and buffet supper nearby.

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3. Kate Barlow Award 2018

We are pleased to announce that applications to the 2018 Kate Barlow award are now open – the closing date is 5pm GMT, 4th December 2017.

The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage the next generation of bat researchers by providing a substantive contribution towards the research costs of postgraduate students undertaking research that will benefit bat conservation, in honour of the late Dr Kate Barlow’s contribution to bat conservation.

  • The Kate Barlow Award is open to students anywhere in the world conducting research which has a direct relevance for bat conservation.
  • One award of up to £4,500 will be made, towards the costs of a bat research project of no less than 4 months duration.
  • In addition BCT will pay for the award winner to attend either the BCT National Bat Conference or another relevant bat research and conservation conference.
  • An award decision will be made by the end of February 2018.

To apply, a completed application form together with two letters of recommendation should be emailed to Charlotte Hawkins. The application form and guidance notes can be found on the BCT website

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4. National Bat Conference 2018

We are delighted to announced that the 2018 National Bat Conference will be taking place from 7th to 9th September 2018 at the University of Nottingham. More details are to follow, including requests for abstracts, but the annual Bat Workers Forum will be on the Friday (7th September) and the BCT AGM on the Saturday (8th September).

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5. Training Opportunities for Building Professionals

BCT’s Built Environment Officer Jo Ferguson will be running the second ‘Bats for Building Professionals’ training courses at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in November, after excellent feedback from the March course!

With its life size demonstration house and classroom facilities, it’s the perfect place to get a basic understanding and hands on experience of bat survey work on built structures.

If you know any building professionals who may benefit from this training (or might want to book an in-house course) please direct them to BCT’s website for further details.

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6. Grants for British Science Week 2018

The British Science Association are offering small grants for schools or community groups to run events as part of British Science Week (9-18 March 2018). You can find out more details on their website.

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7. BCT Halloween is for Bats Event (London)

If anyone is in London on 28th October please do come and join BCT staff at our Halloween event at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Details are on the BCT Facebook page.

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8. Bat Research Papers & Reports

Please note we normally only include bat related articles, reports and blogs in this section where they are available to read online or to download without charge. Exceptionally we do include details of papers or other items where we think they will be of particular interest but where only abstracts or summary information is available, but we will include a note of that in the text about the article (the acoustic mirrors paper below is such a case). For more information about how to access journal papers see the BCT website

  • Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland – this paper, published in Biological Conservation, by Newson et al, looks at how working with the public to develop large-scale acoustic monitoring schemes for bats can provide large-scale presence/absence data cost effectively as found with the Southern Scottish Bat Survey, which ran during 2016. The full paper is only available for a few weeks from the date of this bulletin but see below for the SNH report on the project. 
  • SNH Commissioned Report 1008: A survey of high risk bat species across southern Scotland – The Southern Scotland Bat Survey is also the subject of an SNH commissioned report. The Survey aimed to collect baseline data on all species of bats in the region but with a particular focus on three species (Leisler’s bat, noctule and Nathusius’ pipistrelle) as existing data was inadequate to inform policy relevant conservation. 
  • NBN Annual report 2016-17 – This review aims to highlight the work that has taken place over the last year to support the National Biodiversity Network Strategy 2015 – 2020. The major work for the year focused on the lead up to the launch of the NBN Atlas, the new NBN data sharing infrastructure. 
  • Apparent spring swarming behaviour of Lesser Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus hipposideros) – published in the 10th issue of Barbastella, Journal of Bat Research, this paper by Davison and Thomas reports on seasonal activity patterns of lesser horseshoe bats, identifying a spring peak in social activity. 
  • IUCN Bat Specialist Group Newsletter – this is the third volume of the newsletter from the IUCN Bat Specialist Group and this edition has a focus on bats and climate change. 
  • New Archive of Bat Monitoring Post – back issues of this newsletter with the latest information from the National Bat Monitoring Programme are now available online.

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9.  Key Dates for Your Diary

Watch this space for dates and reminders of conferences and other events you may be interested in. Please don’t forget you can get some extra publicity for your events by adding the details to the BCT website.

BCT Events

  • 18 November – Scottish Bat Conference. Bookings are now open so for more information or to book your place please see the BCT web page for the event
  • 17 March 2018 – East of England Bat Conference. **SAVE THE DATE** More details of this event are to follow but if you have any suggestions for a location or content for the day please email Naomi Webster, BCT’s Training & Conferences Manager
  • 21 April 2018 – Midlands Bat Conference. **SAVE THE DATE** More details of this event are to follow but if you have any suggestions for a location or content for the day please email Naomi (details as above).
  • 07-09 September 2018 – National Bat Conference, University of Nottingham. **SAVE THE DATE** More details of this event are to follow.

Other Events

  • 16-17 November – NBN Conference 2017, National Museum Cardiff. See NBN website for more information.
  • 09-18 March 2018 – British Science Week. Find out more on the British Science Week website

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