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Scottish Bat Workers Conference 2017 and BCT AGM

Saturday 18th November 2017

 Registration is now open - CLICK HERE


Battleby sunset at Scottish Bat Workers Conference

Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EW 

Directions to Battleby

Book here: Scottish Bat Workers Conference 2017

This event is sponsored by:


This is a one day conference 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.

The delegate rate is £35 for BCT members, £40 for non-members. This includes a buffet lunch and refreshments. (See cancellation conditions below)


Registration  will open at 9:30 and the event close at 16:30.  Talks start at 10:00.

Provisional Programme

The programme is being finalised but talks will include;  

  • Opening and Welcome from the new Scottish Bat Officer, Liz Ferrell
  • BCT Update, Julia Hanmer
  • National Bat Monitoring Programme Update, Philip Briggs
  • BCT's Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project, Sonia Reveley, 
  • Update from Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Bat Barns and their use in development projects, Doug Blease
  • Bats in ancient and secondary woodlands, Dr Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor
  • Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project
  • Updates from Scottish Bat Groups
  • National Trust for Scotland Update

The Bat Conservation Trust AGM will take place after the conference closes and will last 1 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. 


Workshops last up to 90 minutes. Delegates will be able to choose one option from the following:

  • 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

There will be displays, posters and sales tables which delegates can visit during registration and breaks. Donations to the raffle are welcome.

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


Registration is now open - CLICK HERE


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 or if you would like to bring sales or display items please contact Liz Ferrell, telephone 01786 822 107 or email


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


Abstracts , summaries and useful website addresses from talks at the 2016 Scottish Conference .

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