Bat Conservation Trust Regional Conference

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The Bat Conservation Trust has just announced details of the Regional Conference, which we thoroughly recommend.  There are some very good speakers lined up.

Bat group members who car share can claim their petrol costs from the Bat Group. hope lots of folk can make it.

University Campus Suffolk

Waterfront Building, Ipswich, Suffolk

on Saturday 29th March


This is a day event for bat workers and bat enthusiasts who live inEastern England or who are members of bat groups in the region. The area covered includes: Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Herts & Middlesex and Bedfordshire

The delegate rate is £35 for BCT members and £40 for non-members. The rate includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments. (See cancellation conditions below.)

The event is sponsored by NHBS.

The programme includes a range of interesting talks:

  • Spatial ecology and habitat use of church-roosting female soprano pipistrelle bats revealed by radio-telemetry Madeleine Ryan, Univeristy of Bristol ( a member of the Bedfordshire Bat Group)
  • White-nose syndrome and Pseudogymnoascus destructans surveillance in Great Britain Alex Barlow, Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency
  • From Folly to Fantasy: a bat hibernaculum in Thetford Forest Nick Gibbons, Suffolk Bat Group
  • Alcathoe, Brandts and Whiskered bats: Habitat use, resource partitioning and distribution Phil Brown, Univeristy of Bristol ( he did some of this research in Bedfordshire. He is talking at the bat group AGm the previous night and will be going into more detail then as he has longer to speak)
  • The National Bats and Wind Turbines Project Ali Moyle, University of Exeter
  • BCT Update
  • Nathusius’ pipistrelle in the UK Daniel Hargreaves, National Nathusius Pilot Project (A good friend of the bat group and an excellent speaker)
  • Priorities Feedback Session
  • Five minute bat group spotlight sessions  scheduled between the main talks during the day

Delegates may also choose a workshop to attend in the afternoon. This is selected when booking and the options are: Voluntary Bat Roost Visitor Class Licence Training; Introduction to AnaBat Express; Introduction to Sound Analysis; Surveying Buildings; Money for old rope; Investigating potential crimes: Best practice and procedures for bat workers; Introduction to research design; Bat Parasite Identification and Ecology; and Make your own needle felted bat.

The final afternoon session will include a BCT update from Julia Hanmer, BCTs Chief Executive, and a discussion session at the end of the day on the priorities for bat conservation in the East of England, chaired by Bob Cornes, BCT Trustee.( Bedfordshire Bat Group member and BCT trustee)

There will an NHBS sales stand and displays including the BCT Helpline, iRecord, Titley Scientific and bat groups.

Directions to the venue

Cancellations: we are able to offer a £30/£35 refund for cancellations made before Monday 22nd March. Regrettably we are not able to provide a refund if cancellations are made after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Worledge by calling 020 7820 7176 or email

Bat Conservation Trust
Quadrant House
250 Kennington Lane
SE11 5RD

T:0845 1300 228

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