North of England Bat Conference

North of England Bat Conference

North of England Conference delegates

Date of next conference: Spring 2023

Previous conference was held online due to Government restrictions around COVID-19 on 27th March 2021.

The North of England Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the North of England to spend time together (virtually for the 2021 event): 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 two 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 one-day event is primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live, work, or are members of bat groups in the North of England or the Isle of Man. The area covered includes: County Durham, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire and the Isle of Man.

The delegate rate is £25 for BCT members and £30 for non-members.

Programme from 2021

In response to feedback we introduced a second workshop session in the afternoon in place of the priorities session. Instead priorities were raised through the booking form for the conference and via the events app on the day. Responses were sought from BCT staff and other organisations were appropriate. The document containing the priorities and their responses can be read here.


  • BCT Update - Kit Stoner, BCT
  • Should I stay or should I go? Hibernation in the North Pennines - Tina Wiffen, Northumberland Bat Group
  • The Millponds Survey: 25 years and counting - Steve Parker, South Lancashire Bat Group
  • Bats in Churches Project Update - Rosemary Riddell, Bats in Churches Project
  • Population structure, gene flow and relatedness of Natterer’s bats in Northern England - Simone Mordue, Newcastle University
  • Habitat suitability modelling - two ways - Greg Slack, Jacobs, and Robert Bell, South Yorkshire Bat Group


  • Tracking solutions for bats - Sarah Deans, Lotek
  • Introduction to Natural England Class Licensing - Lisa Worledge, BCT
  • Using your ears - Philip Briggs, BCT
  • Surveying Buildings - Chris Vine, Cambridgeshire Bat Group
  • Organising and running events on Zoom - Naomi Webster, BCT
  • How to take part in the Bats in Churches Study - Claire Boothby, Bats in Churches Project
  • Trapping Bats - James Shipman, Berks and South Bucks Bat Group
  • What's new from Titley in 2021 & Introduction to Anabat Insight

  • Introduction to visual bat identification - Gail Armstrong
  • UK Bat Species Identification - Wildlife Acoustics

North of England Bat Conference

Co-sponsors: Lotek, Titley Scientific and Wildlife Acoustics

We are grateful to our event co-sponsors Lotek, Titley Scientific and Wildlife Acoustics

For more information about sponsorship and exhibitor packages, please contact

Conference Programme

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