Midlands Bat Conference

Midlands Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Rescheduled conference to take place on Saturday 7 November 2020 online

Due to continuing Government restrictions around COVID-19, we will be running this conference online. We are finalising the details for the re-organised day, including the pricing structure. If you have already booked your place, we will be in touch with further details about the changes. We will reopen bookings as soon as the details are confirmed. Workshops will have limited numbers even as an online event, so when bookings do reopen we would advise you to 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

Midlands Bat Conference

The Midlands Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the Midlands to spend time together (virtually this year): 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 in online chats.

This is 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 delegate rate is to be confirmed.

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

The programme includes:

  • 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 will be 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 will also be a number of virtual exhibition stands to browse through our Event app and lots of bat workers to network with in online chat during the breaks.

Timings

To be confirmed.

Venue

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

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