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Scottish Bat Workers Conference 2017 and BCT AGM

Saturday 18th November 2017

 Registration is now closed


Battleby sunset at Scottish Bat Workers Conference

Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EW 

Directions to Battleby


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.

Final 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 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. 

  • 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 will have displays and stalls for delegates to browse. 

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


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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