South West of England Bat Conference
Date of next conference: Spring 2021
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.)
The South West Bat Conference 2019 took place on Saturday 16 March 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.
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.