South West of England Bat Conference

South West of England Bat Conference

Skills development workshop

Date of next conference: 17 April 2021

Booking will open soon - register your interest by emailing

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

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

The delegate rate will be £25 for BCT members and £30 for non-members. Bookings will open by the end of February 2021.

South West 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.

Conference Programme

We'll provide programme information here when bookings open.

The last South West Bat Conference took place on Saturday 16 March 2019 at the University of Exeter. The programme included the following talks:

  • 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 could 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, Introducing the Anabat Scout; Visualising and presenting all that bat data: a world beyond the spreadsheet and Safeguarding for Bat Groups.

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

There were a variety of exhibition stands on display.

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