Award Judges

BCT is delighted to introduce our Roost Award judges, each experts in bat roost creation and mitigation in their own right with a wealth of expertise. We are lucky to have representatives from the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations, academia and ecological consultancy, the latter being our previous winner from BSG Ecology Ltd. in 2012. BCT are extremely grateful to them for offering their support of these awards!

Award Judges

Kat Walsh, Natural England

Kat has been the Senior Specialist for Mammals at Natural England (NE), the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, for the past ten years. She has been a licensed bat worker and roost visitor for many more years and is an active member of the Cheshire Bat Group. Kat leads on NE’s mammal conservation agenda, establish and commission nationally strategic research and monitoring programmes for protected mammal species and as such has been and currently is on the steering group for many bat related publications and research programmes.

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Rob Raynor, Scottish Natural Heritage

Rob has worked as a species advisor and mammal specialist for Scottish Natural Heritage for over 26 years, dealing with conservation management issues associated with bats and other terrestrial mammals throughout Scotland. Bats have formed a major part of his work over the years from undertaking roost visits in the early days to managing SNH’s EBLV active surveillance programme between 2005 and 2010 and, more recently, overseeing projects such as the Southern Scotland Bat Survey, an analysis of Scottish bat population trends and production of the new GB bats and onshore wind turbines guidance. Advising on mitigation measures including artificial roost design remains a key part of his work. Rob is a member of CIEEM and is providing SNH input to the revised guidance on bat mitigation.

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Sam Dyer, Natural Resources Wales

Sam first joined Clwyd Bat Group in 2004, the combination of ecology, technology and the challenges of learning about these fascinating animals soon had him completely hooked. In a voluntary capacity Sam has been involved with many conservation projects in the UK and abroad and is Chair of the North Wales Mammal Group and Project officer for Clwyd Bat Group.

In early 2008 he became a freelance bat consultant through which he completed a wide range of consultancy projects which involved the design and implementation of mitigation in many different scenarios. In late 2017 Sam left consultancy to take the position of Natural Resources Wales’ Specialist Advisor: Terrestrial Mammals.

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Paul Lintott, UWE Bristol


Dr Paul Lintott is a Lecturer in Conservation Science at the University of the West of England (UWE) and co-leads UWE’s Bat Conservation Research Lab. His research focus is on investigating how modern challenges, such as urban expansion, persecution, and noise pollution impact wildlife. Much of his work involves close interaction with ecological practitioners, with the aim of creating practical and sustainable solutions to human – bat conflict. He has worked alongside the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management to review the effectiveness of mitigation strategies for bats in buildings, led the dissemination of the findings from the UK bats and wind turbines project, and has published extensively in urban ecology.

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Peter Shepherd, BSG Ecology Ltd


Peter is an ecologist with over 25 years’ professional and research experience in ecology and nature conservation. He has worked in the voluntary and private sectors in the UK and overseas in Eastern Europe and South East Asia. As a consultant Peter has undertaken bat surveys of residential and commercial buildings, barns, trees, underground structures, derelict buildings, large transport infrastructure projects and proposed wind farm sites. Peter holds a Level 4 survey licence for consultancy work and completed, or currently is implementing, numerous European Protected Species licences for work affecting bats in a wide variety of circumstances. This work involves devising and implementing mitigation and compensation schemes associated with development, including the design and construction of replacement bat roosts. Peter has led and continues to be involved in small scale research projects through BSG Ecology Ltd. This has included evidence of migration by Nathusius’ pipsitrelle, use of offshore islands by bats, performance differences in bat detectors, the use of high frequency sound to support bat mitigation measures and studies of woodland bat assemblages in parkland estates in Oxfordshire. Peter was a volunteer roost visitor and trainer for 15 years with the Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire Bat Groups and was on the editorial board of the Bat Survey Guidelines published by the Bat Conservation Trust in 2007, 2012 and 2016 and was a member of the advisory group that advised Scottish Natural Heritage on the guidelines for bats and wind farms. Peter has twice led workshops at the National Bat Conference on roost mitigation and between 2000 and 2017 he was as a tutor for the BCT three day and two training courses for professional bat workers. He was recently invited to be a member of the Bat Expert Panel convened by Natural England. Peter is a past winner of the Roost Award.

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