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.

Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro - Manchester

25th February 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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Bat Care Conference 2020

29th February 2020

The National Bat Care Conference is a one-day event for anyone involved with bat care in the UK. It is organised jointly between Maggie Brown, of Bat Care News and the West Yorkshire Bat Hospital, and BCT. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for bat rehabilitators (new and experienced) and veterinary professionals to share knowledge and update skills in bat rehabilitation.

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Thermal Aided Bat Surveys Training Course

11th March 2020

This one-day course is designed for those with bat survey experience who would like to add thermal imaging techniques to aid them in their bat survey work. This is a classroom-based course with an optional practical element and is delivered in line with the Thermal Imaging: Bat Survey Guidelines. Course content includes: - Introduction to thermal imaging - Discussion of the forthcoming “Thermal Imaging Bat Survey Guidelines” - Equipment selection - Survey applications - Survey planning - Survey operations There will also be an optional thermal aided bat survey practical evening after the course for those who are able to attend. Tutor: Dr Kayleigh Fawcett-Williams, KFW Scientific and Creative

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Woodland Symposium 2020

18th March 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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Wildlife Acoustics Kaleidoscope Pro - Cardiff

31st March 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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Bats for Building Professionals

2nd April 2020

This awareness course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for buildings and their renovation/development/maintenance, and those who carry out such work, including builders, surveyors, architects and pest controllers. This course will ensure that participants are aware of their responsibilities with regard to bats and are able to recognise the basic signs of potential roosts.

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Surveying for Bats

7th April 2020

This 2 day course will give you the knowledge and skills to plan professional bat surveys, as well as developing practical survey skills and field sign identification.

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Scoping surveys for Arborists

27th April 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

28th April 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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Using bat detectors

14th May 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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Bat Ecology and Conservation

15th May 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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Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

19th August 2020

Over three days and two nights, attendees will be given theoretical and practical experiences of acoustic lures, harp traps, mist nets and radio tracking. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the BCT’s Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines.

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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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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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