East of England Bat Conference

Rescheduled conference to take place on 24 October at UEA, Norwich

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We will run our events in line with whichever government guidelines are in place by then, but we are hoping to be able to gather in October. If it is the case some or all of us are unable to gather, we plan to provide an online version. Workshops will have limited numbers in either format, so please book promptly to secure your place on the workshop of your choice.

If you have any questions about this or any of our events, please email the Training and Conferences Manager

East of England Bat Conference

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.

This one-day event is primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live, work, or are members of bat groups in the East of England. The area covered includes: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire.

The delegate rate is £40 for BCT members and £45 for non-members. The rate includes a vegetarian lunch and refreshments. (See cancellation conditions below.)

You can find highlights from the day on Twitter using #EastBatConf

The talks programme will include:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust - Joe Nunez-Mino, BCT
  • The Hertfordshire Barbastelle Project - Chantal Helm, Hertfordshire Barbastelle Project
  • What High Definition Thermal Imaging Reveals About Bats – Ian Baker, Hampshire Bat Group
  • National Nathusius Pipistrelle Project locally - Jane Harris, Norfolk Bat Group
  • End of the road for barbastelles? - Lotty Packman, Wild Wings Ecology
  • Five minute bat group spotlight sessions will be scheduled between the main talks during the day
  • A Priorities Discussion Session for Bat Conservation in the East of England

There will be a choice of 90 minute workshops including:

  • Surveying Buildings for Bats (Chris Vine)
  • Bat Identification (Colin Morris)
  • Bats in Churches cleaning workshop (Bats in Churches team)
  • Introduction to QGIS for Bat Groups (Steve Roe)
  • Making Bats Memorable (Joe Nunez-Mino)
  • Introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer and Pro bat sound analysis software

There will also be a number of exhibition stands to browse and lots of bat workers to network with during the breaks.

East of England Bat Conference

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We are grateful to our sponsors for making these events possible.

Silver sponsor: Wildlife Acoustics

The 2020 East of England Bat Conference is looking for another sponsor. If you are interested please contact the Training & Conferences Manager.


Registration will open at 9am and the first session will start at 9:45am.

The conference will close at 5pm.


University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ

There is car parking available on campus and the nearest railway station is Norwich. Buses from the station take 30-35 minutes to reach the campus.

Cancellations: we are able to offer a £35/£40 refund for cancellations made before 9th April 2020. Regrettably we are not able to provide a refund if cancellations are made after this date.

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