Wales Bat Conference

Wales Bat Conference

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2019 - The Conference had a rest this year and the Wales Bat Worker's Weekend took its place instead.

This 2 day conference brings together bat workers from across Wales to share knowledge and best practice and network with their peers. The weekend usually includes an evening of field work.

Previous Wales Bat Conference

The Wales Bat Conference 2017 took place over the weekend of 3-4 June at Swansea University. The talks programme included:

  • Lesser horseshoe bats at Sherborne - Nick Downs, Arcadis
  • Improving the value of farmland for bats: an insight into the management of hedgerows - Jeremy Froidevaux, University of Bristol
  • Update from BCT - Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications & Fundraising, Bat Conservation Trust
  • Debate - What's the point of bat groups? Phil Morgan argues for the proposal that they no longer have a purpose and should be abolished. Jean Matthews argues against.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation for horseshoe bats associated with a new road in Wales - Jon Davies, Arcadis
  • Monitoring Bats and Roads: how robust can we make our surveys? - Penny Lewns and David Lewns, Pro-spp-eco
  • Why isn’t everyone batty about bats? - Charlotte Chivers, University of Bristol
  • New Anabat Swift and Insight software - Andrew Dobson, Titley Scientific
  • Latest from Wildlife Acoustics EMTouch2 - Paul Howden-Leach, Wildlife Acoustics
  • Tanat Valley Horseshoe project - Simon Cope & Dr Mike Worsfold, Montgomeryshire Bat Group

The evening field work took place at Margam Park and was organised by Richard Crompton, Ecology on Demand.

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