Woodland Symposium 2020

Symposium - rescheduled for 20 November 2020

With the current situation around the coronavirus outbreak and considering our responsibility to all the speakers and attendees, especially those who may be more vulnerable due to their age or pre-existing health concerns, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Symposium.

We explored the possibility of streaming the talks online but, having convened stakeholders from across a number of sectors to network and discuss priorities, we felt that these valuable elements could not be replicated satisfactorily online. Hence the decision to postpone until later in the year when we can provide the full experience as intended.

We are currently considering holding the rescheduled symposium in November and will hold all the bookings for this future date. As soon as the details are confirmed we will share them with you and you can confirm if you are able to attend or not.

If you had previously been unable to attend but would be interested in attending in attending the rescheduled Symposium, please add yourself to the waiting list.

If you have any questions about this or any of our other events, please email the Training and Conferences Manager

Woodland Symposium 2020

BCT’s second woodland symposium will be taking place at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey on Wednesday 18th of March 2020. This symposium will be a one day event aimed at bat workers, landowners, ecologists and the woodland/forestry industry.

We are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers to this symposium, Mike Render and George Peterken.

Mike Render has had nearly 50 years of experience of working within the forestry industry and currently works for the Forestry Commission. He will be talking about his reflections on almost 50 years in the forestry industry; what is missing and what should be addressed looking forward to the next 50 years. George Peterken specialises in woodland ecology and conservation and has worked for the Nature Conservancy Council (as part of the Chief Scientist team) and the Forestry Commission. He recently wrote a book about the long-term study of Lady Park Wood titled ‘Woodland Development - A Long-term Study of Lady Park Wood’ and will be sharing the changes he observed from this study at the symposium.

As well as the 2 keynote talks (sponsored by Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services), throughout the day we will cover research and knowledge, what bats are in my woodland and woodland/landscape management case studies/research.

The programme will include the following talks:

Putting woodland bats on the map: using habitat suitability models to inform targeted action - Chloe Bellamy (Forest Research)

An introduction to The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit – an online resource for conservation management - Gareth Fisher (RSPB)

Monitoring the Public Forest Estate - Sonia Reveley (BCT)

How do forestry management affect how bats use our woodlands? - Ash Murray (Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group)

Bechstein's in Purbeck, Dorset - Chris Dieck (Dorset Bat Group)

Veternisation - using tools instead of time - Vikki Bengtsson (Pro Natura)

Woodland plants: colourful past, uncertain future - Keith Kirby (University of Oxford)

Ash dieback, woodland and bats - Rob Coventry (Forestry Commission)

The effects of woodland thinning on bats and their insect prey - Andy Carr (University of Bristol)

Knepp Rewilding and bats - Penny Green (Knepp Estate)

Woodland Restoration and Bat Habitats from a Woodland Manager's View, Bovey Valley - Matt Parkins (Woodland Trust)

We are keen for the day to be seen as an opportunity for a group of professionals to come together, share their ideas and talk about priorities and issues. An ideal networking and learning opportunity, so we hope you will be able to join us.

The delegate rate is £95 for BCT members, £100 for non-members. The day will run from 08:15 for registration, (first talk will start at 09:00) to 17:30. This includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.

If you have any questions, please email our Training and Conference Manager Naomi Webster at training@bats.org.uk

Woodland Symposium 2020

Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services


We are grateful to our Keynote Sponsor: Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services

Other sponsorship packages are also available, click here for more information.

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