North of England Bat Conference

North of England Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Date of next conference: Saturday 6 April 2019 - Save the date!

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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 sponsor, if you are interested contact the Training & Conferences Manager.

Previous Conference

The previous North of England Bat Conference took place on 06 May 2017 at Gateshead College.

You can find highlights from the day on Twitter using #NorthBatConf

The talks programme included:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust - Kit Stoner, Joint Chief Executive, BCT
  • East Cleveland Batscape. What we have learnt and where we go from here? - Sarah Barry, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
  • Tatton Park and SLBG; a tale of transects, trapping and Tasty Lancashire - Steve Parker, South Lancashire Bat Group
  • South Yorkshire Magnesian Limestone Autumn Swarming Survey - Robert Bell, South Yorkshire Bat Group
  • Automatic species identification optimism or caution? - Dean Waters, Environment Department, University of York
  • A final afternoon session will discuss the priorities for bat conservation in the North of England.

Five minute bat group spotlight sessions were scheduled between the main talks during the day and there was a choice of workshops including:

  • Wildlife Acoustics Product Workshop
  • European bat box database
  • A beginners guide to social media
  • Bat handling
  • Bat identification
  • Working with BATLOGGER and BatExplorer
  • Introduction to sound analysis
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