Midlands Bat Conference

Midlands Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Midlands Bat Conference 2020 – Saturday 7 November 2020

Booking is open

The Midlands Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the Midlands 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 is a one day event primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live or work in the Midlands or who are members of bat groups in the region. The area covered includes: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

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

The 2020 Midlands Bat Conference is looking for a sponsor. If you are interested or know any companies that might be interested, please contact the Training and Conferences Manager.


Talk topics include:

  • Daubenton's bats along urban canals
  • Myotis in the Manifold
  • Bats in Churches Project
  • The Hertfordshire Barbastelle Project
  • What high definition thermal imaging reveals about bats
  • Priorities in the Midlands and Feedback to BCT – Chaired by a BCT Partner Bat Group Nominated Trustee

Five minute bat group spotlight sessions will be scheduled between the main talks during the day

You will also be able to choose one of the following 90 minute workshops:

  • Bat identification (Colin Morris)
  • Bats in Roofs (Chris Smith)
  • Bats in Churches cleaning workshop (Bats in Churches team)
  • Safeguarding for bat groups (Naomi Webster)
  • Advanced sound analysis (Neil Middleton)
  • Thermal imaging surveys (Kayleigh Fawcett-Williams)

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

There will also be a Priorities Session for the Midlands


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

The conference will close at 5pm.


Millenium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

We encourage travel by public transport, Millenium Point is within walking distance of Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street.

There is a public car park adjacent to the venue which costs £6.50 per day. If you would like to car share, please contact local bat workers or leave a message on the Facebook event page.

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

If you had previously booked to attend in March and can not now attend, please get in touch and we can transfer the booking into the name of a friend or colleague or arrange a refund.

We are hoping that we will be able to safely gather in November, if this is not the case we will look to make alternative arrangements.

Any questions, email the Training and Conferences Manager, nwebster@bats.org.uk

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