South West of England Bat Conference
Date of next conference: Spring 2023
Last conference: 17th April 2021
Due to Government restrictions around COVID-19 the conference was run 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 is £25 for BCT members and £30 for non-members.
2021 Conference Programme
- Bat Conservation Trust update - Joe Nunez-Mino, BCT
- Assessing bat assemblages at woodland sites managed for conservation in Devon and Cornwall: Plans and aspirations - David Hill, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
- Can genetics help us uncover the secret life of Bechstein’s bats? - Patrick Wright, Vincent Wildlife Trust
- Bats in Churches update - Honor Gay, Bats in Churches Project
- Achievements of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, what we did and how Devon Bat Survey exceeded our expectations of Citizen Science - Anna David & Elinor Parry, Devon Wildlife Trust
Workshops (over two workshop sessions)
- Introduction to Anabat Insight - Andrew Dobson, Titley Scientific
- Introduction to Natural England Class Licensing - Lisa Worledge, BCT
- Surveying Buildings - Chris Vine, Cambridgeshire Bat Group
- How to take part in the Bats in Churches Study - Claire Boothby, Bats in Churches Project
- Trapping Bats - James Shipman, Berks and South Bucks Bat Group,
- Horseshoe bat mitigation - Colin Morris
- Tracking solutions for bats - Sarah Deans, Lotek
- Introduction to visual bat identification - Gail Armstrong
Priorities raised at this conference and the responses from BCT can be found here.