Annual Bat Workers Forum

Date and venue of 2021 meeting was 7pm on Tuesday 14th September held online via zoom.

The Bat Workers Forum (BWF) is an annual meeting open to anyone interested in bats, regardless of experience.

The meeting is chaired by a member of BCT's Board of Trustees and several members of BCT staff (including representatives from the National Bat Helpline and BCT's senior management team) attend. Representatives of the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation Agencies (SNCOs) are encouraged to participate, as are representatives from other organisations where appropriate.

The aims of the forum are to:

  • facilitate communication and the sharing of experience between all bat workers and those interested in bats, regardless of knowledge or experience
  • enable the concerns, views and opinions of bat workers, bat groups and anyone interested in bats to be shared and discussed and, where relevant, communicated through to BCT and SNCOs
  • enable feedback, from the relevant parties (e.g. BCT or SNCOs) on issues previously raised
  • a round up of major issues and/or highlights from attendees

It is also when the winner of the Pete Guest Award is announced.

For more information please see the full terms of reference and an example agenda.

There was the opportunity at booking to raise any priorities or issues (until a week before the meeting). Responses to these were sought from BCT staff and other organisations where appropriate, and a response document prepared for the meeting, which can be read below.

2021 Priorities raised at booking

Minutes From Previous Annual Forums

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