Spring into Action Day

Spring into Action Day

Soprano pipistrelle

The next event will be held online on Saturday 5 March 2022.

Booking is now open - click here

This is a day for anyone interested in bat conservation. It offers attendees an opportunity to learn new practical skills, improve on their existing ones and to meet other bat enthusiasts. A wide range of workshops are offered, to suit beginners to bat work and those with more experience.

The 2022 workshop programme includes the following topics:

  • Bat ID - What bat is it? Hands on or hands off? (Natalie Todman)
Bat ID with emphasis on Scotland but with added UK species, and what to look for with minimal handling
  • Bat Sound Analysis & Interpretation – An Overview of Species Occurring within Scotland (Neil Middleton)

Not a classic workshop, but more of a presentation during which attendees will be able to ask questions at any time.

An overview of why bat echolocation is structured as it is, the reasons behind bats producing different call structures dependent upon the immediate environment in which they find themselves, and how to differentiate between species, as well as when such differentiation is unwise.

Species covered: Soprano pipistrelle, Common pipistrelle, Nathusius’ pipistrelle, Brown long-eared, Noctule, Leisler’s, Daubenton’s, Natterer’s & Whiskered

If anyone wishes to submit a couple of calls to be considered during the event, please do so, by email to Neil, prior to 28.02.22.
  • Biosecurity and bats: effective disease risk management (Lisa Worledge and Tracey Jolliffe)
Biosecurity in relation to activities with bats, such as field work or bat care, is all about having procedures and measures in place to protect people and to protect bats from harmful pathogens. This workshop will be a mixture of interactive presentation and discussion, providing an overview of the current guidance in relation to rabies, SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and white-nose syndrome as well as considering generic good practice in disease risk management when working with bats.
  • NBMP Level 1, Introductory Bat Detector Workshop (Liz Ferrell)
This workshop is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to using a tuneable heterodyne bat detector and fundamental species identification skills, and enable them to participate in a UK-wide survey as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). The focus is on the NBMP Waterway Survey, how to separate big bats and small bats, and on identification of pipistrelles and Daubenton's bat.

The workshop is ideal for beginners and also more experienced attendees who would like to brush up on their skills.
  • How to get started with iRecord to manage and view your wildlife sightings (including bat data) (Natalie Harmsworth)

An introduction to the online recording website iRecord. The session will cover the practicalities of how to enter and edit sightings, as well as detail on how records are verified and shared more widely for conservation. This workshop will include a live demonstration on using the iRecord website. This workshop is for anyone interested in using iRecord to enter / store their wildlife records and is suitable for beginners.

  • Bat Atlas - how to carry out your own bat atlas project (Michael Walker)

This workshop will look at how to plan and produce a bat atlas (or any other species group). Michael coordinated the Nottinghamshire Bat Group’s ‘Echolocation Location’ project which concluded with the production of a bat distribution atlas for the county. He will look at the planning and coordination of the project, the surveys, and the production of the final atlas.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in species distribution and recording, especially groups thinking of doing their own atlas.

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness - tips to increase your productivity (Lisa Worledge)
Struggling with your work load? Uncertain exactly where you should be focusing your time and energy? Overwhelmed by the amount of emails you receive? Looking for ways to reduce your stress levels? Or simply wanting to feel more in control of life? If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes then this is the workshop for you. It provides an introduction to the Getting Things Done ™ methodology by David Allen. You may just take away a few new tips and tricks to help manage your work or you may find it life changing! Why not come along and find out?
  • Capture and Marking Bat Projects (Claudia Gebhardt)

A brief presentation about considerations necessary for projects involving the capture and marking of bats, followed by a discussion about current and potential future projects in Scotland.

  • Introduction to Kaleidoscope for Bat Analysis (Beginner) (Paul Howden-Leach, Wildlife Acoustics)

Are you interested in checking out Kaleidoscope Pro software for your bat file analysis? Have you just started to work with Kaleidoscope Pro and would like an in-depth primer on the basics of the software? Even if you are a regular user of Kaleidoscope Pro there’s a good chance you’ll pick up a few new tips in this webinar. We’ll cover the functions of the Control Panel window, including a basic introduction to meta data and file conversion, and we’ll open and examine bat audio files. We’ll then spend time going through all the details of what the Viewer window has to offer. This webinar is an excellent foundation for more advanced topics such as bat auto-ID.


The Zoom room will open from 9:30am. There will be 3 workshop sessions during the day, each lasting 90 minutes, with breaks in between.

Session 1 - 9:45-11:15

Session 2 - 11:45 - 13:15

Session 3 - 14:00 - 15:30

Prices - online

£25 for BCT and partner bat group members

£30 for non-members

Click here to book your place now

Spring into Action Day

Wildlife Acoustics - Premium Sponsor

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We are grateful to our event sponsor Wildlife Acoustics for their support.

We also have Titley Scientific exhibiting at this event.

Spring into Action Day

Titley Scientific - exhibitor