Midlands Bat Conference

Midlands Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

This event took place on Saturday 7 November 2020; the next Midlands Bat Conference will be in spring 2022.

Due to continuing Government restrictions around COVID-19, this event was held online.

Midlands Bat Conference

The Midlands Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the Midlands to spend time together (virtually for the last event): updating their knowledge, sharing best practice, developing their skills and catching up on the latest 'bat chat'. The day included spotlight talks from various bat groups in the region, longer talks on projects and sharing new knowledge, and a choice of practical workshops. There was also be plenty of time for catching up with batty friends or making some new batty acquaintances in online chats.

This was a one day event primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live, or who are members of bat groups in the Midlands. The area covered includes: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

The online delegate rate was £25 for members of BCT and Partner Bat Groups and £30 for non-members.

The programme included:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust - Carol Williams, BCT
  • Using networks of EMT2 Pro bat detectors to identify key landscape features used by Dauenton's bats - Morgan Hughes & Scott Brown, BrumBats
  • Myotis in the Manifold - Steve Roe & Helen Ball, Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group
  • Bats in Churches Project - Claire Boothby, BCT & Rose Riddell, Church of England
  • Soprano pipistrelle harem roosts in bat boxes near the English-Welsh border - Mike Worsfold, Shropshire Bat Group
  • 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 Midlands

There was a choice of 90 minute workshops including:

  • Bats and buildings (Chris Smith)
  • Discovering Bats in Churches (Claire Boothby)
  • Organising and hosting online meetings and events via Zoom (Naomi Webster)
  • Introduction to sound analysis (Philip Briggs)
  • Advanced sound analysis (Neil Middleton)
  • Efficiency and effectiveness (Lisa Worledge)

There were also a number of virtual exhibition stands that delegates were able to browse through on our Event app and lots of bat workers to network with in online chat during the breaks. We also ran an online raffle, raising funds for the National Bat Helpline.

Midlands Bat Conference

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Sponsors

Sponsor: Wildlife Acoustics

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

Venue

This was an online event using Zoom. Full details of how to attend were provided to delegates ahead of the day.

Next: South East of England Bat Conference