Friday afternoon workshops (60 mins)
Ecologists Anonymous - Richard Crompton
"Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself" Eleanor Roosevelt
To help improve mitigation across the sector, we want to not only share success stories but also mistakes and lessons learned. Ecologists Anonymous provides a route for mistakes to be shared anonymously and share lessons learned from that experience. Your experience is attributed to one of our made-up companies and shared with our Ecology Agony Uncle Richard Crompton who will share the scenario and discuss the lessons we can learn for similar cases in the future. Click here to submit your own example of a mistake that you think people can learn from.
Advanced sound analysis - Philip Briggs
Gardening for bats - Shirley Thompson
Advice on developing a wildlife haven in your garden to support bats and other local wildlife
Introduction to Project Licensing (60mins) - Abby Packham
An overview of project licences, what they are for and how to apply for one.
Using Free Kaleidoscope Lite Software for Bat Analysis - Wildlife Acoustics
Kaleidoscope Lite is Wildlife Acoustics’ free spectrogram viewer that allows you to listen to, view and label your bat recordings and convert between various recording formats. We will explore using the Kaleidoscope Viewer to examine and understand spectrograms and cover the functions of the Control Panel window, including a basic introduction to meta data and file conversion. This course provides a foundation for more advanced subjects such as Bat Auto-ID and other Kaleidoscope Pro features.
Saturday morning workshops
Forest bats and climate change - Dr Orly Razgour
Through rising temperatures, changes to patterns of rainfall and increased frequency and intensity of extreme events, climate change is predicted to affect the distribution, timing of life history events and conservation status of bats. Forest bats, in particular, are likely to be sensitive not only to the direct effects of climate change, but also to indirect effects through changes in forest composition and distribution. This workshop will give an overview of findings of recent studies on the impacts of climate change on bats, with a focus on British and European forest bats. We will present the key outputs from a meeting on the topic that takes place on Friday 4th September with policy makers, statutory bodies, conservation organisations and academic researchers. This will be followed by smaller group discussions of how to integrate climate change into your bat work, whether it be research, conservation, consultancy, bat care or public engagement. Workshop participants will be able to feedback on management recommendations for bat conservation under climate change.
Horseshoe bat mitigation - Colin Morris
Surveying bridges and viaducts - Stuart Spray
We will be looking at the current methods used to survey bridges and viaducts for the presence of roosting bats (rope access, thermal imaging, infra red etc.) and evaluate their effectiveness in terms of meeting BCT’s current survey guidelines and value for money. We hope that participants will share their experience of surveying bridges and viaducts in order to discuss the pros and cons of the various survey techniques current used by bat workers.
Planning trapping surveys - James Shipman
Discussion based workshop using case studies to explore different sites and how to plan surveys including where to place traps
Project licences (90 mins) - Abby Packham
A discussion workshop providing an overview of project licences, what they are for and how to apply for one as well as time at the end for discussion of potential projects you are considering.
Is that a bat? - There's gold in them there trills - Neil Middleton
Not a classic workshop format, but a presentation-led session by Neil Middleton, with opportunities for attendees to be shown in more depth, the identification of bat social calls, as well as noise from non-bat subjects that could easily be misidentified or cause confusion during the sound analysis process. The presenter will use examples from his own library in conjunction with various analysis software packages, including BatSound and BatExplorer.
Fundraising for bat groups - Nicola Quinn
Mitigation for heritage buildings - Chris Damant
Explore and discuss mitigation case studies with Roost Award Winner Chris Damant
Sunday afternoon workshops
Setting up Motus receivers - Ewan Parsons
The Motus tracking network allows small animals to be tracked over much wider distances than conventional radio tracking techniques. At the heart of this network are automatic receiver stations that 'listen' for tags 24/7. Three years ago there were no receivers in the UK but by 2022 that number will be approaching double figures.
This workshop will focus on the receiver stations and is targeted at individuals & bat groups thinking of expanding the network by installing additional stations. We will give advice on where to site them, how to build them, what they cost both to build and to keep running. Along the way you will hear about some of the pitfalls and successes we've had getting the network to its current status.
Come prepared with lots of questions to help us avoid death by powerpoint.
Batty Crafts - Anne Youngman & Maisy Inston
Come along and have a go at some batty craft activities! Not just to make a souvenir of the conference to take home but also ideas designed to liven up your events and help engage your audience with bats. Fun for all ages whether your audience is young or young at heart!
Assessing and surveying trees for bats - Jim Mullholland
Come and learn about how trees grow, and (more importantly for bats) how roost features form. Jim will share both his arboricultural and ecological knowledge with the aim of helping you improve how you assess trees. After this we will discuss how we plan and undertake surveys of trees for bats. All levels of expertise welcomed.
What is the reality of carrying out landscape-scale conservation?
We share perspectives from a range of projects across the country to share experiences and open up discussion and shared learning
What bat was that? Learning to recognise British bats - Gail Armstrong
British bats are all small, agile and elusive. So what clues can you use to decide which species you’ve seen flitting past you in the dark? Join this workshop for an absolute beginners guide to where you might go, what you can look for and the equipment that will help you begin your journey into the world of bats.
Surveying buildings and mitigation case studies - Chris Vine
A presentation-based workshop using a range of examples to consider how to survey buildings for their bat potential, reviewing the evidence you might find and providing some examples of mitigation