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National Bat Conference

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar and is usually held over a weekend in September. The event is comprised of a range of exciting talks, workshops and a conference dinner (with ceilidh!) on the Saturday evening. The event is an opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in the world of bat conservation, catchup with old friends and meet new ones.  

The 2016 National Bat Conference was held in September 2016 at the University of York. A decision has been made to take a one year break from the conference meaning that there will be no conference in 2017. This is to ensure we can continue to offer the same high standard of talks and workshops.

The date and venue for the 2018 conference will be announced here in 2017.



During the conference programme we will also present two awards: 

  • The Vincent Weir Scientific Award - This is awarded annually to a student at a UK-based institution who has made a significant contribution to research on the conservation biology of bats.
  • The Pete Guest Award - This award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation.


Previous Conferences

  • 2016 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2016 National Bat Conference 
  • 2015 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2015 National Bat Conference
  • 2014 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2014 National Bat Conference
  • 2013 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2013 National Bat Conference
  • 2012 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2012 National Bat Conference
  • 2011 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2011 National Bat Conference
  • 2010 Abstracts - abstract of talks given at the 2010 National Bat Conference


Find out more

Details of the Annual Bat Workers Forum

Information about the Pete Guest Award



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