Whether you are a bat-beginner or an expert you are sure to find an event to interest you in the listings below. Year round the Bat Conservation Trust, local bat groups as well as conservation and community organisations arrange bat events across the UK from training courses to bat walks for families.

You will soon be able to add your events on our website yourself but for the time being please do email comms@bats.org.uk with details of your event: name of event, date, time and location, who is it aimed for, is it a paid event (if so how much per person), do people need to book (and where), contact details for the organiser for people who have question, website of the event if there is one.

Further information about the Bat Conservation Trust's Training Courses and Conferences & Symposia.

NBMP Introductory Sound Analysis Workshop - Online

16th July 2020

This workshop provides an introduction to bat call analysis using sound analysis software. We will use Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope software as this can be downloaded free of charge, but the analysis techniques covered will be applicable to a range of different programs. The workshop is aimed at volunteers and is ideal for beginners and also more experienced attendees who would like to brush up on their skills in sound analysis. Concessions are available for NBMP volunteers, BCT members and bat group members.

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Advanced Anabat Insight (online)

21st July 2020

After the success of the introductory workshops, the team at Titley Scientific and BCT have decided to hold a two hour online Advanced Anabat Insight Workshop, designed to be a 'step-up' from the basic course. This workshop is presented by recognised industry expert, Julie Broken-Brow. Running 2 hours, it will provide tools for advanced use of the full spectrum & zero crossing analysis software Anabat Insight. The fees from this workshop are donated directly to Bat Conservation Trust.

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NBMP Introductory Sound Analysis Workshop - Online

22nd July 2020

This workshop provides an introduction to bat call analysis using sound analysis software. We will use Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope software as this can be downloaded free of charge, but the analysis techniques covered will be applicable to a range of different programs. The workshop is aimed at volunteers and is ideal for beginners and also more experienced attendees who would like to brush up on their skills in sound analysis. Concessions are available for NBMP volunteers, BCT members and bat group members.

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Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro - online

11th September 2020

A one day interactive online course aimed at ecological consultants, the course will focus on both the free and full versions of Kaleidoscope and its ability to analyse large data sets. The course will be led by Wildlife Acoustics' Paul Howden-Leach, an expert in Kaleidoscope Pro. All profits from the course will go to the Bat Conservation Trust.

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Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project Conference

17th September 2020

Join us on 17 September for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project Conference – ‘Celebrating Five Years Helping Horseshoes’. As the end of our project approaches, we want to share what we have learnt. The Bat Project Conference will consist of a range of expert speakers and cover four themes of Research, Roosts, Land Management and Communities.

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Scoping surveys for Arborists

5th October 2020

"Very good introduction to bats in relation to ecology, the law and tree use." Course participant, 2017 This Lantra-accredited course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, will enable participants to carry out tree works with consideration for the potential effects on bats and their habitats. Enquire for discount details: training@bats.org.uk

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Secondary Roost Surveys for Arborists

6th October 2020

This follow-on course teaches participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey including use of an endoscope. You will explore in more depth the practical skills needed in the field, the methods that can be used to rule out the potential of features as suitable bat roosts, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and be given guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence.

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Bat Ecology and Conservation

15th October 2020

This one-day course is designed for those new to bat work. You will be given a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation.

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Using bat detectors

16th October 2020

This one day course offers an introduction to the use of bat detectors for professional bat surveys with an optional bat walk in the evening.

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Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro - Bristol

20th October 2020

A one day course aimed at ecological consultants, the course will focus on both the free and full versions of Kaleidoscope and its ability to analyse large data sets. The course will be led by Wildlife Acoustics' Paul Howden-Leach, an expert in Kaleidoscope Pro. All profits from the course will go to the Bat Conservation Trust.

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East of England Bat Conference

24th October 2020

The East of England Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the East of England to spend time together: updating their knowledge, sharing best practice, developing their skills and catching up on the latest 'bat chat'. The day will include spotlight talks from various bat groups in the region, longer talks on projects or sharing new knowledge and a choice of practical workshops. There will also be plenty of time for catching up with batty friends or making some new batty acquaintances.

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Midlands Bat Conference 2020

7th November 2020

The Midlands Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the Midlands to spend time together: updating their knowledge, sharing best practice, developing their skills and catching up on the latest 'bat chat'. The day will include spotlight talks from various bat groups in the region, longer talks on projects or sharing new knowledge and a choice of practical workshops. There will also be plenty of time for catching up with batty friends or making some new batty acquaintances.

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Woodland Symposium 2020

20th November 2020

BCT’s second woodland symposium will be a one day event aimed at bat workers, landowners, ecologists and the woodland/forestry industry. Throughout the day we will cover research and knowledge, what bats are in my woodland and woodland/landscape management case studies/research. We are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers to this symposium, Mike Render and George Peterken. Mike Render has had nearly 50 years of experience of working within the forestry industry and currently works for the Forestry Commission. George Peterken specialises in woodland ecology and conservation and has worked for the Nature Conservancy Council (as part of the Chief Scientist team) and the Forestry Commission. He recently wrote a book about the long-term study of Lady Park Wood titled ‘Woodland Development - A Long-term Study of Lady Park Wood’ and will be sharing the changes he observed from this study at the symposium.

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