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Wales Bat Conference

Wales Bat Conference 2017

The Wales Bat Conference 2017 took place over the weekend of 3-4 June at Swansea University. Details of the programme are below.

The Annual Bat Worker's Forum took place on the evening of Friday 2nd June (as there won't be a National Bat Conference this year).

If you have any questions about this event please email Naomi Webster, BCT's Training Manager. 

 The event was sponsored by:

Wildlife Acoustics    


Friday 2 June 2017

19.00-20.30 - Bat Worker's Forum (James Callaghan Lecture Theatre)


Saturday 3 June 2017 (James Callaghan Lecture Theatre)

09.30 Arrival - tea and coffee
10.00 Welcome - Steve Lucas, Wales Officer, Bat Conservation Trust
10.15 Presentation 1: Lesser horseshoe bats at Sherborne - Nick Downs, Arcadis
10.45 Presentation 2: Improving the value of farmland for bats: an insight into the management of hedgerows - Jeremy Froidevaux, University of Bristol
11.15 Break - tea and coffee
11.45 Presentation 3: Update from BCT - Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications & Fundraising, Bat Conservation Trust
12.15 Presentation 4: Debate - What's the point of bat groups?                              Phil Morgan argues for the proposal that they no longer have a purpose and should be abolished. Jean Matthews argues against.
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Presentation 5: Monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation for horseshoe bats associated with a new road in Wales - Jon Davies, Arcadis
14.30 Presentation 6: Monitoring Bats and Roads: how robust can we make our surveys? - Penny Lewns and David Lewns, Pro-spp-eco
15.00 Break - tea and coffee
15.30 Presentation 7: Why isn’t everyone batty about bats? - Charlotte Chivers, University of Bristol
16.00 Preparation for field work - Richard Crompton, Ecology on Demand
18.00 Supper
20.00 Depart for field work


Sunday 4 June 2017 (James Callaghan Lecture Theatre)

09.30 Data analysis
10.00 Tea and coffee
10.30 Data analysis continued
11.45 Presentation 8: New Anabat Swift and Insight software - Andrew Dobson, Titley Scientific
12.15 Presentation 9: Latest from Wildlife Acoustics EMTouch2 - Paul Howden-Leach, Wildlife Acoustics
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Presentation 10: Tanat Valley Horseshoe project - Simon Cope & Dr Mike Worsfold, Montgomeryshire Bat Group 
14.45 Presentation of field work - Richard Crompton, Ecology on Demand
15.15 Round up and finish - Steve Lucas, Wales Bat Officer, Bat Conservation Trust





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