South West of England Bat Conference

South West of England Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Date of next conference: Saturday 16 March 2019

Venue for next conference: University of Exeter

Booking has closed - the conference is now fully booked!

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The South West of England Bat Conference is an opportunity for volunteer and professional bat workers in the South West 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 is a one-day event primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live or work in the South West of England or who are members of bat groups in the region. The area covered is: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Isles of Scilly, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

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.)

Conference Programme

The programme is being finalised but the list of planned talks includes:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust – Carol Williams, Director of Conservation
  • Effect of artificial light at night on bats – Liz Rowse, University of Bristol
  • Swarming: sites and species – Nick Tomlinson, Dorset Bat Group
  • Surveying Trees for Bats: Can we Do Better? – Jim Mullholland, BATS Ltd
  • What High Definition Thermal Imaging Reveals About Bats – Ian Baker, Hampshire Bat Group
  • Barbastelles & Bechstein bats of Wiltshire – Gareth Harris, Wiltshire Bat Group
  • Livestock parasite management and horseshoe bats – Ruth Testa/Anna David, Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Five minute bat group spotlight sessions will be scheduled between the main talks during the day

Delegates may also choose one 90 minute workshop: Basic bat identification; Infection control for High Risk Bats; Introduction to QGIS for bat groups; Is That A Bat? - Bat Social Calls & Confusing Non-bat Sounds (fully booked); Introducing the Anabat Scout; Visualising and presenting all that bat data: a world beyond the spreadsheet (fully booked); and Safeguarding for Bat Groups.

There will be an opportunity during the final afternoon session to discuss the priorities for bat conservation in the South West 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 8:45am, talks will begin around 9.45am, and the day will end by 5.30pm.

Cancellations: we are able to offer a £35/£40 refund for cancellations made before Monday 4th March. Regrettably we are not able to provide a refund if cancellations are made after this date.

We are grateful to Wildlife Acoustics and Wildcare for co-sponsoring the South West of England Bat Conference.

South West of England Bat Conference

Co-Sponsor - Wildlife Acoustics

South West of England Bat Conference

Co-Sponsor - Wildcare

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