Midlands Bat Conference

Midlands Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Midlands Bat Conference 2020 – postponed

With the current situation around the coronavirus outbreak and considering our responsibility to all the speakers and attendees, we have made the difficult decision not to bring everyone together in Birmingham on Saturday 28 March for the Midlands Bat Conference.

We explored the possibility of streaming the talks online but we felt that valuable elements such as the workshops and networking opportunities could not be replicated satisfactorily online. Hence the decision to postpone until a later date, when we can provide the full experience as intended.

We are planning to use Millennium Point in Birmingham still and are currently considering when the best time would be to hold the rescheduled conference. We will liaise with Midlands bat groups once we’re in a position to consider dates.

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

Midlands Bat Conference

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.

Programme

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:

  • Efficiency and effectiveness - tips to improve your productivity (Lisa Worledge)
  • Bat identification (Colin Morris)
  • Bearing Witness for Wildlife - recognising, recording and reporting wildlife crime (Pete Charleston)
  • 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

Timings

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

The conference will close at 5pm.

Venue

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 Friday 14th March. Regrettably we are not able to provide a refund if cancellations are made after this date.

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