Wales Bat Worker's Day

Wales Bat Worker's Day

Lesser horseshoe bat - Gareth Jones

The Wales Bat Worker's Day is aimed at anyone with an interest in bats. It provides a good opportunity for meeting with others who are involved with bat work as well as developing knowledge and skills that can support local bat conservation.

Wales Bat Worker's Day

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We are grateful to this year's sponsor: Wildlife Acoustics.

There are opportunities for additional sponsors or exhibitors to support the event.

For information about sponsorship or exhibitor packages, please contact bctconference@bats.org.uk

Previous Wales Bat Worker's Day

The last event was held online on Saturday 12th February 2022.

2022's event was dedicated to Tom McOwat, who sadly passed away. Tom was a fun, kind, compassionate and generous man, often lending support and comfort to others in their time of need. He leaves a legacy with his research findings, his wonderful art, and in all those people he enthused about bats and their conservation. Tom was a pillar of the bat conservation community, his reach extending far beyond Wales and his outstanding achievements have helped shape bat conservation today. As the founding organiser of the Wales bat worker events, it is fitting that this year's is dedicated to him.

Programme

Zoom room opened at 09.45am to begin at 10.00am.

  • Celebration of Tom McOwat
  • BCT update - Carol Williams
  • NRW update - Sam Dyer

Morning break

  • Talk: Natur am Byth. An overview of the multi-taxa Wales wide project, then we will hear details of the Lesser horseshoe project based in Swansea bay and the barbastelle project in Pembrokeshire, from Carol Williams, Rebecca Wright-Davies and Henry Schofield.
  • Talk: Navigation behaviour of long-distance migrating Nathusius' bats from Dr. Oliver Lindecke

Lunch

Choice of workshops:

  • Project development for bat groups - Steve Parker
    Aimed at bat group members to be able to plan, develop and run a project, but open to anyone looking to learn more about developing any sort of project.
  • Bat Care - Jess Dangerfield and Hal Starkie

  • Advanced sound analysis - Philip Briggs
    This workshop is open to all and will look at the theory of signal processing, tips on making more precise measurements when analysing bat sounds, and species identification including some more unusual/challenging calls. Techniques will be demonstrated in both BatSound and Kaleidoscope. Although some knowledge of sound analysis is helpful this workshop will also have information included for beginners.
  • Infra-red workshop - Richard Crompton (fully booked)

Afternoon break (with a repeat of the popular bat-ilates stretches!)

  • Priority discussion session. Points can be raised through the booking form for comment and discussion during the session.

Tickets

£25 for BCT members or Partner Bat Group members

£30 for non-members

The 2020 event took place online on Saturday 30 January and included an exciting programme of talks and workshops as well as the Wales Bat Workers' Forum (an opportunity for Welsh bat workers to provide feedback to BCT and NRW and discuss priorities for bat conservation in Wales).

Talks programme included:

  • Update from BCT - Kit Stoner, BCT
  • Update from NRW - Sam Dyer, NRW
  • Monitoring the public forest estate - Sonia Reveley, BCT
  • Ash die-back, woodland and bats - Rob Coventry, Forestry Commission
  • Putting woodland bats on the map - using habitat suitability modelling to inform targeted action. Video presentation by Chloe Bellamy, Forest Research

Workshops:

  • Visual bat identification - Gail Armstrong
  • Basic sound analysis - Philip Briggs
  • Bats and Woodland (including Ash dieback) - Jean Matthews
  • Bat Migration and Audiomoths - Adrian Bicker
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