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.

The next event will take place online on Saturday 30 January and will include 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).

Booking is now open - click here!

Talks programme will include:

  • 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
Wales Bat Worker's Day

Co-sponsors: Lotek, Titley Scientific and Wildlife Acoustics

We are grateful to our event co-sponsors Lotek, Titley Scientific and Wildlife Acoustics.

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

Previous Wales Bat Worker's Day

The 2018 programme was themed around some of the exciting projects that BCT is involved with that you can take part in and potential projects to develop for Wales.

Key speakers were:

  • Dr Anita Glover from Vincent Wildlife Trust on autumn swarming,
  • Dr Alison Fairbrass on the The British Bat Survey: Exploring New Technologies for Bioacoustic Sensing (Audiomoth)'
  • Daniel Hargreaves on the Nathusius bat project.
  • Ella Browning, a PhD student from UCL, on developments with auto id systems.
  • Dr Karen Haysom, formerly BCT's Director of Science, told us about the results of the previous Welsh Assembly Government contract to look at how the former agri-environment scheme, Tir Gofal, was delivering for bats and biodiversity.

There was a series of workshops for you to choose from, to help find out more about the projects and to develop those projects further:

  • British Bat Survey pilot project using the Audiomoth
  • Swarming project for Wales
  • Nathusius pipistrelle project
  • Andrew Dobson from Titley Scientific ran a workshop on the new Anabat Insight software package.

There was also a short session for a Wales Bat Workers Forum.

Next: Wales Bat Conference