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National Bat Conference


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National Bat Conference 2018 

University of Nottingham

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 September 2018.

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar and booking is now open! A weekend of exciting talks, workshops and a conference dinner (with ceilidh!) on the Saturday evening. The conference is an opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in the world of bat conservation, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  

The National Bat Conference 2018 will take place on 7-9 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, bringing together bat enthusiasts from across the country to discuss cutting-edge research, share best practice and develop their skills and knowledge.

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University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
How to get there


More details about the event will be released in due course, but the programme will include talks on:

  • Lesser horseshoe bat mitigation
  • Putting UK Woodland Bats on the Map
  • Whitenose syndrome
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology and Evolution of European Bat Lyssavirus 2
  • Autumn migration strategy of Nathusius's bats
  • Stackpole and greater horseshoe bats in West Wales
  • Assessing the impact of both localised structural features and landscape influences on bat populations using acoustic surveys

And address questions such as:

  • Surveying Trees for bats: can we do better?
  • Did the bat cross the road?
  • How well can the BCT staff dance at a ceilidh?!


There will also be a wide variety of workshops to choose from each day Saturday:

  • Sound Analysis for the Perplexed
  • Bat handling for Beginners
  • Autumn Swarming - next steps
  • Conflict and Stress in Bat Consultancy - How to minimise, manage and survive
  • Bat Social Calls by Sight & Sound (Definitely Sound!)
  • Understanding safeguarding for bat groups
  • Surveying trees
  • Best Practice for surveying bridges and viaducts
  • An overview of Titley Scientific Products
  • An introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer (Free version) sound analysis software
  • Visualising and presenting all that bat data; the world beyond the spreadsheet.
  • Developing and organising a bat group, and engaging members.
  • Introduction to QGIS for bat groups
  • Getting the most out of Bat Sound
  • Approaching Media Engagement with Confidence


  • Bat handling for Beginners
  • Bearing Witness for Wildlife - Recognising, recording and reporting wildlife crime
  • Advanced Trapping Techniques
  • Emergency bat care for the non bat carer.
  • Infection control for high risk bats
  • Batty Crafts
  • An introduction to Anabat Insight Software
  • An introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer (Free version) sound analysis software
  • Introduction to Sound Analysis
  • Data Protection - what it means and why you should care
  • Surveying for buildings for bats
  • Bats in Art and Culture
  • Batlogger and BatExplorer

There will also be lots of time to catch up with old friends and make new batty acquaintances, enjoy the exhibition and meet the event sponsors. 

We are very grateful to the conference co-sponsors:

Wildlife Acoustics logo   Elekon logo

Pettersson Logo

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There are a range of options available including day delegate or residential packages if you'd like to stay on site. Newark Hall offers comfortable single study bedrooms with en-suite facilities a stone's throw from the Business School South where the conference is being held. 

The BCT AGM will also take place on Saturday 8 September at University of Nottingham and the Bat Worker's Forum will take place on Friday 7 September. 


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.

We will also hear from the Winner of the Kate Barlow Award which aims to encourage postgraduate students to conduct a substantive bat research project and to honour the late Dr Kate Barlow's contribution to bat conservation.

Any queries about the conference, please email


For details of the National Conference Bursaries, please contact Lisa Worledge by emailing

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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