North of England Bat Conference

North of England Bat Conference

North of England Conference delegates

Date of next conference: 27 March 2021

Due to continuing Government restrictions around COVID-19 we will be running this conference online.

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

Talks:

  • 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

Workshops (in response to feedback we are introducing a second workshop session to the programme)

Morning workshops:

  • Tracking solutions for bats - Sarah Deans, Lotek

The workshop aims is to give attendees a guide to the available technologies currently on the market for bat species in the UK and some general advice for radio-tracking.

  • Introduction to Natural England Class Licensing - Lisa Worledge, BCT

A presentation-based workshop exploring the class licensing system in England

  • Using your ears - Philip Briggs, BCT

Learn how to use a heterodyne detector to distinguish between four different types of bat calls

  • Surveying Buildings - Chris Vine, Cambridgeshire Bat Group

A presentation-based workshop using a range of examples to consider how to survey buildings for their bat potential and reviewing the evidence you might find

  • Organising and running events on Zoom - Naomi Webster, BCT

Hints and tips gleaned by the BCT team on using Zoom for online events

  • How to take part in the Bats in Churches Study - Claire Boothby, Bats in Churches Project

A practical workshop for those taking part in the Bats in Churches Study this year, or those considering it. We'll go through the methodology; give tips and answer questions you may have.

  • Trapping Bats - James Shipman, Berks and South Bucks Bat Group

Discussion based workshop using case studies to explore different sites and how to plan surveys including where to place traps

Afternoon workshops:

  • What's new from Titley in 2021 & Introduction to Anabat Insight

    - Andrew Dobson, Titley Scientific

An overview of Titley Scientific's latest equipment and introducing a new detector for 2021. This will be followed by an introduction to Anabat Insight where we will run through the features and tools of the program using a sample dataset workshop attendees can work along with.

  • Trapping Bats - James Shipman, Berks and South Bucks Bat Group

Discussion based workshop using case studies to explore different sites and how to plan surveys including where to place traps

  • Surveying Buildings - Chris Vine, Cambridgeshire Bat Group

A presentation-based workshop using a range of examples to consider how to survey buildings for their bat potential and reviewing the evidence you might find

  • Introduction to Project Licensing - Lisa Worledge, BCT

A discussion-based workshop exploring the role of project licences and the process of applying for one

  • Introduction to visual bat identification - Gail Armstrong

Learn key identifying features to tell different species apart

  • UK Bat Species Identification - Wildlife Acoustics

For anyone just starting out with analyzing bat calls, this course is a beginners guide to bat identification for UK bat species. The aim of the course is to break down the UK bat species into specific groups as a first layer of bat identification. The course will first give an overview of Kaleidoscope Pro which will be the major tool to look and label bat calls. No previous experience is necessary and resources and data will be provided.

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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 bctconference@bats.org.uk

Conference Programme

The last North of England Bat Conference took place on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Lancaster University. The programme included:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust – Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications and Fundraising, BCT
  • New indicators for long-term bat monitoring – Adrià López-Baucells, Natural Sciences Museum of Granollers
  • Bats & Lighting: Latest research & guidance – Jo Ferguson, Built Environment Officer, BCT
  • The role of bat care in bat conservation – Gail Armstrong, North Lancashire Bat Group
  • What High Definition Thermal Imaging Reveals About Bats – Ian Baker, Hampshire Bat Group
  • Priorities in the North 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

Delegates could also choose one 90 minute workshop:

  • Introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer;
  • Bat identification for beginners;
  • Assessment of bat wintering sites;
  • Introducing the Anabat Scout;
  • Surveying trees;
  • Introduction to QGIS for bat groups;
  • Introduction to sound analysis using Analook;
  • Data Protection: what it means and why you should care;
  • Safeguarding for Bat Groups.

There was an opportunity during the final afternoon session to discuss the priorities for bat conservation in the North of England.

There were a variety of exhibition stands on display.

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