Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Upcoming conference: Saturday 17 November 2018

This year's conference will be taking place at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel, AB12 3LF.

The Scottish Bat Worker's Conference is open to anyone with an interest in bats. Attending the conference is a great way to update your bat knowledge, practical skills and to network.

Booking is now CLOSED



09:00 Reception and Registration (teas and coffees)

Teas and coffees available as well as stalls and exhibitor stands to browse

10:00 Morning session

10:00 – 10:10 Opening and Welcome

Liz Ferrell, BCT Scottish Officer

10:10 – 10:30 BCT Update

Carol Williams, BCT Director of Conservation

10:30 – 10:45 Spotlight on bat groups: Luci (Leisler) reveals all!

John Haddow, Central Scotland Bat Group

10:45 – 10:50 Q + A session

10:50 – 10:55 Soapbox talk: Mitigation Matters: Retaining the Roost

Jenny Downie and Greg Chamberlain, WSP

10:55 – 11:25 Bats and Lighting research overview

Jo Ferguson, BCT Built Environment Officer

11:25 – 11:30 Q+A session

11:30 – 11:50 Break

Teas and coffees available as well as stalls and exhibitor stands to browse

11:50 – 12:05 Nathusius pipistrelle population status in North East Scotland

Katie Barr, University of Aberdeen

12:05 – 12:15 Spotlight on bat groups: The search for Nathusius: NESBats highs and lows

Mhairi Mackintosh, North East Scotland Bat Group

12:15 - 12:20 Q+A session

12:20 – 12:40 National Bat Monitoring Programme update

Philip Briggs, BCT Monitoring Manager and Liz Ferrell

12:40 – 12:50 Spotlight on bat groups: Group activities update

Natalie Todman, Lothians Bat Group

12:50 – 12:55 Spotlight on bat groups: Group activities update

Anne Youngman, Inverness Bat Group

12:55 – 13:00 Q+A session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Workshop session

Delegates will be able to attend their chosen workshop session or browse the Batty Bazaar stalls and exhibitor stands: Bat Conservation Trust, Wildlife Acoustics, BatAbility, Hazelwood Landscapes Ltd, Wildlife and Countryside Services and NHBS

15:30 – 15:50 Break

15:50 – 16:05 Bats, Agaves, and People: Joining Bat Conservation and Rural Livelihoods, Mexico

Kristen Lear, University of Georgia and Kate Barlow Award Winner 2017

Pre-recorded talk

16:05 – 16:15 Spotlight on bat groups: Culzean Country Park Training: Night of the Noctule

Jo King, Loch Lomond Bat Group

16:15 – 16:25 Putting Bats on the Highlands Map

Erika Faggiani, Scottish Wildlife Trust

16:25 – 16:40 Bats and diseases – latest research overview

Lisa Worledge, BCT Head of Conservation Services

16:40 – 16:45 Q + A

16:45 – 17:00 Raffle and round up

Liz Ferrell

17:00 CLOSE


Workshops last up to 90 minutes. Delegates will be able to choose one option from the following:

Introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer

Advanced Sound Analysis

Bats and Licensing - all you ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask...

BCT's "Bearing Witness for Wildlife" project - A Scottish Perspective

Encouraging bats and other wildlife into gardens and green spaces

Safeguarding for bat groups

Surveying bats in buildings

Using Audiomoth recorders for static bat surveys

Attendees may prefer not to attend a workshop but use the chance to browse the displays.

Displays, sales tables and raffle

There will be displays, posters and sales tables which delegates can visit during registration and breaks. Donations to the raffle are welcome.

The 2018 Scottish Bat Worker's Conference is being sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics.

Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Previous Conference

The previous Scottish Bat Worker's Conference took place on 16th November 2017 at SNH Conference Centre at Battleby, near Perth.

The talks programme included:

  • Update from BCT and the National Bat Monitoring Programme - Julia Hanmer, BCT Joint CEO
  • Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project - Jodie Stark, University of Aberdeen
  • Bat Barns and their uses in development projects - Doug Blease, EnviroCentre Ltd
  • Bats in ancient and secondary woodlands - Dr Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor, University of Stirling
  • BCT’s Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project - Sonia Reveley, BCT Woodland Officer
  • Update from Scottish Natural Heritage - Ben Ross, SNH Licensing Manager

There were also five minute bat group spotlight sessions and a choice of workshops including:

  • Forensic uses for bat poo - What droppings analysis is good at telling us
  • Harp Trapping and Mist Netting Demonstration
  • Introduction to tree roosts and surveying
  • Visualising and presenting all that bat data; a world beyond the spreadsheet
  • Introduction to Sound Analysis
  • A walk through Kaleidoscope viewer (free version) for bat analysis and a look at the Echo Meter Touch 2
  • Social Media for beginners
  • Making displays and activities memorable
  • SNCO project licences - What are they for and what to include in your proposal
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