BCT convenes the annual UK Bat Steering Group meeting, with representatives attending from the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, National Trust, Vincent Wildlife Trust, Historic England and academia. Each year we choose a current topic and invite relevant guest speakers.
The topic for the 2019 meeting was how to maximise the use of new technologies for bat surveys. The theme of new technologies was further explored at BCT's Conservation and Technology Conference in September 2019. During these meetings, some of the barriers identified to the uptake of new technologies were the availability of information, guidance and training on each type.
As an output from our UK Bat Steering Group meeting we have produced a table of new technologies for bat surveys including how different technologies can be applied to bat surveys, their pros/cons and sources of guidance and training.