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Scottish Bat Workers Conference

Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Save the date - 17 November 2018

The Scottish Bat Conference is 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. But don't take it from us! Here is what attendees from 2017 had to say:

“A fun day out for the bat enthusiast”

“An opportunity to gain more bat related skills and knowledge as well as an excellent networking opportunity.”

“A great way to meet like-minded people”

“Provides great training and networking”

“Pretty damn batty but at a level that would be enjoyable for anyone who had a general interest in nature”

“A real feel good conference”

“A must for any bat worker”

“Well worth attending! An excellent opportunity to catch up with news, new research, new technologies, and meet up with friends old and new”


2018 Scottish Bat Worker's Conference sponsored by:


2017 Programme

09:00                 Reception and Registration

10:00                 Morning session

10:00 – 10:10    Liz Ferrell, BCT Scottish Officer

                          Opening and Welcome

10:10 – 10:40    Julia Hanmer, BCT Joint CEO

                          Update from BCT and the National Bat Monitoring Programme

10:40 – 11:00    Jodie Stark, University of Aberdeen

                          Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project

11:00 – 11:05    Q+A session

11:05 – 11:25    Coffee Break

11:25 – 11:35    Doug Blease, EnviroCentre Ltd

                          Bat Barns and their uses in development projects

11:35 – 11:55    Dr Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor, University of Stirling

                          Bats in ancient and secondary woodlands

11:55 – 12:15    Sonia Reveley, BCT Woodland Officer

                          BCT’s Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project

12:15 – 12:20    Q+A session

12:20 – 12:30    Ben Ross, SNH Licensing Manager

                          Update from Scottish Natural Heritage

12:30 – 12:35    Q+A session

12:35 – 13:25    Lunch

13:25                 Afternoon session

  Delegates will be able to attend their chosen workshop session or browse     the stalls

14:55 – 15:05    Short break (No tea or coffee)

15:05                 Updates from Scottish bat groups

                          Jean Oudney, Tayside

                          Zeltia Lopez, Central Scotland

                          David Patterson, North Highland Bat Network

                          Adam Samson, Loch Lomond

                          Paula Graham, Lothians

15:40 – 16:05    Awards

16:05 – 16:20    Liz Ferrell, Scottish Officer

  Round-up and Raffle


16:20 – 16:30    Tea and Coffee

16:30 – 17:30    BCT AGM 

17:30                 CLOSE

The Bat Conservation Trust AGM took place after the conference closed. 


Workshops last up to 90 minutes. 

  • Forensic uses for bat poo - What droppings analysis is good at telling us
  • Harp Trapping and Mist Netting Demonstration
  • Introduction to tree roosts and surveying
  • Visualising and presenting all that bat data; a world beyond the spreadsheet
  • Introduction to Sound Analysis
  • A walk through Kaleidoscope viewer (free version) for bat analysis and a look at the Echo Meter Touch 2
  • Social Media for beginners
  • Making displays and activities memorable
  • SNCO project licences - What are they for and what to include in your proposal

Attendees may prefer not to attend a workshop but use the chance to browse the displays.

Displays, Posters, sales tables and raffle

Wildlife Acoustics, Titley Scientific, Wildcare, Nestbox, Wildlife and Countryside Services, TD Trees and Land Services Ltd, BCT and Jacobs all had displays and stalls for delegates to browse. 

Ideas to make a weekend of it

If you are interested in making a weekend of it, there is lots to see in the surrounding area. Nearby batty places include Huntingtower Castle with its pipstrelle, brown long-eared and Natterer's roosts and Threave Bat Reserve at the National Trust for Scotland's Threave Estate, near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway

Cancellations: BCT are only able to offer a  partial refund (£30/£35)  for cancellations made before Friday 10th November. Regrettably we are unable to provide a refund if cancellations are made on or after this date.

Further information

If you have any questions about this conference or future conferences please contact Liz Ferrell, telephone 01786 822 107 or email


Contact Naomi Webster, Training and Conferences Manager regarding exhibiting at the conference in the future. Email or phone 020 7820 7169.


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