North of England Bat Conference
Date of next conference: Saturday 6 April 2019
Venue for next conference: University of Lancaster
The North of England Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the North of England 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 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 2019 North of England Bat Conference is looking for a co-sponsor, if you are interested contact the Training & Conferences Manager.
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 programme will include:
- 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 may also choose one 90 minute workshop:
- Introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer;
- Bat identification for beginners;
- Assessment of bat wintering sites; - Fully booked
- Introducing the Anabat Scout;
- Surveying trees; - Fully booked
- Introduction to QGIS for bat groups; - Fully booked
- Introduction to sound analysis using Analook;
- Data Protection: what it means and why you should care;
- Safeguarding for Bat Groups.
There will be an opportunity during the final afternoon session to discuss the priorities for bat conservation in the North of England.
There will be a variety of exhibition stands on display.
We encourage people to travel by public transport but free parking will be available at the venue.
Exact timings for the day are to be confirmed but registration will open around 9:00am, talks will begin around 9.45am, and the day will end by 5.00pm.
Cancellations: we are able to offer a £35/£40 refund for cancellations made before Monday 25th March. Regrettably we are not able to provide a refund if cancellations are made after this date.
We are grateful to Wildlife Acoustics for co-sponsoring the South West of England Bat Conference, we are still looking for a second co-sponsor please get in touch if you are interested. Phone 020 7820 7169