National Bat Conference

National Bat Conference

Save the date - National Bat Conference 2020 will take place 4-6 September 2020 at the University of Warwick!

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar - a weekend of exciting talks, workshops and a conference dinner (with ceilidh!) on the Saturday evening. The conference is an opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in the world of bat conservation, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

The National Bat Conference 2019 took place 6-8 September 2019 at the University of Nottingham.

We were delighted that Professor Emma Teeling (University College Dublin) gave the Keynote this year and loved hearing from all our speakers.

Below is the conference programme from National Bat Conference 2019.

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Find out more about the conference highlights by searching #NatBatConf

We are grateful to the 2019 conference co-sponsors Petterson Elektronik and Wildlife Acoustics and also our additional co-sponsor Wildcare for all their support.

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Additional Events

The BCT AGM also took place on Saturday 8 September at the University of Nottingham and the Bat Worker's Forum wason Friday 7 September.

The Consultant's Forum took place each day during the workshop sessions - an opportunity for consultant ecologists to come together to hear updates and discuss issues with their peers and BCT.


During the conference programme we presented two awards:

  • The Vincent Weir Scientific Award - This is awarded annually to a student at a UK-based institution who has made a significant contribution to research on the conservation biology of bats.
  • The Pete Guest Award - This award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation

We also heard from the Winner of the Kate Barlow Award which aims to encourage postgraduate students to conduct a substantive bat research project and to honour the late Dr Kate Barlow's contribution to bat conservation.

Any queries about the conference, please email


For details of the National Bat Conference Bursaries, please contact Colin Morris by emailing

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