South West Bat Conference

This is a one-day event primarily for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live or work in the South West of England or who are members of bat groups in the region. The area covered is: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Isles of Scilly, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

The programme is being finalised but the list of planned talks includes:

  • An update on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust – Carol Williams, Director of Conservation
  • Effect of artificial light at night on bats – Liz Rowse, University of Bristol
  • Swarming: sites and species – Nick Tomlinson, Dorset Bat Group
  • Surveying Trees for Bats: Can we Do Better? – Jim Mullholland, BATS Ltd
  • What High Definition Thermal Imaging Reveals About Bats – Ian Baker, Hampshire Bat Group
  • Barbastelles & Bechstein bats of Wiltshire – Gareth Harris, Wiltshire Bat Group
  • Livestock parasite management and horseshoe bats – Ruth Testa/Anna David, Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Five minute bat group spotlight sessions will be scheduled between the main talks during the day
  • There will be an opportunity during the final afternoon session to discuss the priorities for bat conservation in the South West of England.

Delegates may also choose one 90 minute workshop: Basic bat identification; Infection control for High Risk Bats; Introduction to QGIS for bat groups; Is That A Bat? – Bat Social Calls & Confusing Non-bat Sounds; Introducing the Anabat Scout; Visualising and presenting all that bat data: a world beyond the spreadsheet; and Safeguarding for Bat Groups.

The delegate rate is £40 for BCT members and £45 for non-members. The rate includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments.

More Information

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Key Information




Bat Conservation Trust


Conservation, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


University of Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom