North of England Bat Conference
Date of next conference: Spring 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: 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 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 North of England Bat Conference 2019 took place on Saturday 6 April 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.
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.