East of England Bat Conference

East of England Bat Conference

Daniel Hargreaves setting up a harp trap

"Great, BCT organise the best events! Just a lovely atmosphere." Conference Delegate 2022

East of England Bat Conference

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This one-day event is an opportunity for anyone interested in bats, from hobbyists and volunteers to professional bat workers, to spend time together updating their knowledge, sharing best practice, developing their skills and catching up on the latest 'bat chat'. The day includes a mixture of short and long talks on projects and new knowledge, and a choice of practical workshops. There will also be time for catching up with batty friends or making some new batty acquaintances.

Whilst the conference is open to anybody from any region, you may be able to meet people from the bat groups in the East of England: Bedfordshire Bat Group, Cambridgeshire Bat Group, Essex Bat Group, Herts & Middlesex Bat Group, Norwich & Norfolk Bat Group, and Suffolk Bat Group.

The next East of England Regional Conference will be held in April 2025, provisional date: 12th.

The previous conference was held in November 2022 in Ipswich and on zoom.

The programme included 30 minute talks on using camouflage to help bats cross gaps and surveying churches in Essex, accompanied by shorter talks on the NNPP, Motus and migration in Norfolk, understanding bat populations and updates from BCT.

There were a variety of workshops, with something to suit all experience levels, such as intro to the Nathusius' pipistrelle, sound analysis, surveying buildings, photo ID, trapping and tracking techniques, licensing and bat care ambulance driving.

To see the full programme click here.

In-person tickets for members of BCT or a partner bat group were £40, non-members were £45.
Virtual tickets for members of BCT or a partner bat group were £25, non-members were £30.

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