Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Scottish Bat Worker's Conference

Upcoming conference: Saturday 9 November 2019

More details to follow!

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.

Previous Conference

Previous Conference

The last conference took place in Aberdeen on Saturday 17 November 2018.


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 lasted up to 90 minutes. Delegates were 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

Displays, sales tables and raffle

There were 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 was being sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics.

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