The Big Bat Skills Event - Online will be taking place on 22 - 23 May 2020 to coincide with International Day of Biological Diversity.

Booking is now closed!

As we are unable to gather for our usual Spring events, we are bringing bat workers together online for a range of workshops so they can continue to develop their skills and knowledge and stay in touch with each other.

The event will take place online and participants can choose to attend just one workshop, one day (3 workshops) or both days (6 workshops).

Big Bat Skills Event - Online


The event is co-sponsored by NHBS, Pettersson Titley Scientific and Wildlife Acoustics. We are very grateful for their support. There are still opportunities to co-sponsor the event and join the detector showcase panels, email Naomi Webster


We are offering a range of workshops, most take place more than once.

  • Beginner’s Guide to UK Bat ID using Kaleidoscope with Paul Howden-Leach from Wildlife Acoustics. For anyone just starting out with analysing bat calls, this course is a beginners guide to bat identification for UK bat species. The aim of the course is to break down the UK bat species into specific groups as a first layer of bat identification. The course will first give an overview of Kaleidoscope Pro which will be the major tool to look and label bat calls. No previous experience is necessary and resources and data will be provided.
  • Introduction to visual bat identification - learn key identifying features to tell different species apart with Gail Armstrong
  • Maintaining bat records using iRecord - This workshop will provide an overview of how the iRecord system works, and then focus on particular issues relevant to bat recording and features that may be useful for bat groups and ecologists with Martin Harvey
  • Surveying buildings - A presentation-based workshop using a range of examples to consider how to survey buildings for their bat potential and reviewing the evidence you might find with Chris Vine
  • Identifying bat calls - pipistrelles and Daubenton's bats - develop your skills in recognising calls using a heterodyne bat detector to be able to take part in the NBMP waterways survey if you want with Natalie Todman
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness - productivity skills tips with Lisa Worledge
  • Surveying trees - improve your skills in recognising potential roost features in trees with Rich Flight
  • Bat Care for Beginners - learn about the equipment and skills you will need to develop to get started as a bat carer with Maggie Brown
  • Hibernations Surveys - where would you look for bats in winter? Learn from Tina Wiffen's experiences surveying bats and searching for new hibernation roosts
  • Using your ears - introductory workshop with Andrea Hudspeth developing your skills in using a heterodyne bat detector to distinguish between 4 types of bats' calls to potentially take part in the NBMP Field Survey if you want
  • Developing and Organising a Bat Group, and Engaging Members - A discussion based workshop with Steve Parker exploring different approaches and sharing ideas, including training, to engage and enthuse bat group members, and the implications for bat group management – successes and lessons learnt.
  • Batty crafts - develop your crafting skills with Shirley Thompson and Anne Youngman demonstrating a variety of craft activities that you can undertake at home during lockdown or with groups/members of the public.
Big Bat Skills Event - Online

Workshops on Friday

Big Bat Skills Event - Online

Workshops on Saturday


The timings are in draft at the moment so may change, but delegates will be receive their finalised timetable before the event.

09:30 - Welcome and introduction to Zoom

09:45 - Session 1 (90 minute workshops)

11:15 - Break

11:30 - Handheld detector showcase panel (details tbc)

12:00 - Session 2 (90 minute workshops)

13:30 - Lunch break

14:30 - Static detector showcase panel (details tbc)

15:00 - Session 3 (90 minutes workshops)

16:30 - Wrap up and feedback session

The main room will be available for networking during refreshment breaks


  • One workshop: £15 BCT members/£20 for non-members
  • One day (3 workshops): £35 for BCT members/£40 for non-members
  • Both days (6 workshops): £60 for BCT members/£65 for non-members

Book here

If you want to attend a whole day or both days click here

If you want to book just one workshop click here

If you have any questions, email