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South East Bat Conference

Date of next event: 10 November 2018

Save the date! More details to follow

This will be a one-day event for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live,  work, or are members of bat groups in the South East of England and the Channel Islands. The area covered is: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and the Channel Islands.

The 2018 South East of England Bat Conference will be sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics. 


Date of last event: 26th November 2016

Venue of last event: WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey

You can find highlights from the day on twitter using #SEBatConf

The programme for the last event included:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust - Carol Williams, Director of Conservation
  • Are all rivers of equal importance to British Bats? Or are some more equal than others? - Sarah Scott
  • Fortresses & bats: SSI and cultural heritage how to preserve them both? - Eric Jansen, Zoogdier Vereniging
  • The Gibraltar-Bat Project - James Shipman, Berks & South Bucks Bat Group
  • Bat Detective: automatically detecting bat echolocation calls in ultrasonic survey data - Rory Gibb, University College London
  • Priorities for Bat Conservation in the South East - Discussion session chaired by Bob Cornes, BCT Trustee
  • Five minute bat group spotlight sessions will be scheduled between the main talks during the day

The workshops for the last event included: 

Bat Poo Identification; Wildlife Acoustics Product Line Demonstration; Tour of the WWF Living Planet Centre (60 minutes); Getting the Most From Bat Sound; European Bat Box Database; Get a Deeper View of the BATLOGGER and BatExplorer System; Establishing Groups to Monitor the Effectiveness of Bat Mitigation; and Introduction to Statistics.

Exhibitor stands for the last event included:

Wildlife Acoustics, Elekon, NatureCounters, LoveBats, PeerSonic, Titley, NHBS and BCT. There were also displays for the Helpline and various bat groups.  

If you have any questions about the South East Bat Conference, or any other English regional conferences, please contact Naomi Webster by email at

Find out more

SE Bat Conference: "Priorities in the SE" minutes (314 KB) - 28/01/15
Notes from the "Feedback to BCT: Priorities in the South East" discussion session at the 2014 SE Bat Conference in Basingstoke.

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