Scottish Bat Workers Conference 2018

Scottish Bat Workers Conference

Saturday 17th November 2018

The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, Souter Head Road, Aberdeen AB12 3LF

Directions to the Aberdeen Altens Hotel


This is a one day conference open to anyone with an interest in bats. It will be held at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel in Aberdeen. Attending the conference is a great way to update your bat knowledge, practical skills and to network.

The delegate rate is £40 for BCT members, £45 for non-members. This includes a soup and sandwich lunch with refreshments throughout the day.  (See cancellation conditions below.)

The event is sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics. 



09:00                 Reception and Registration (teas and coffees)

                          Teas and coffees available as well as stalls and exhibitor stands to browse

10:00                 Morning session

10:00 – 10:10    Opening and Welcome

Liz Ferrell, BCT Scottish Officer

10:10 – 10:30    BCT Update

Carol Williams, BCT Director of Conservation

10:30 – 10:45   Spotlight on bat groups: Luci (Leisler) reveals all!

John Haddow, Central Scotland Bat Group

10:45 – 10:50    Q + A session

10:50 – 10:55  Soapbox talk: Mitigation Matters: Retaining the Roost

Jenny Downie and Greg Chamberlain, WSP

10:55 – 11:25    Bats and Lighting research overview

Jo Ferguson, BCT Built Environment Officer

11:25 – 11:30    Q+A session

11:30 – 11:50    Break

                          Teas and coffees available as well as stalls and exhibitor stands to browse

11:50 – 12:05    Nathusius pipistrelle population status in North East Scotland

 Katie Barr, University of Aberdeen

12:05 – 12:15    Spotlight on bat groups: The search for Nathusius: NESBats highs and lows

Mhairi Mackintosh, North East Scotland Bat Group

12:15 - 12:20     Q+A session                

12:20 – 12:40    National Bat Monitoring Programme update

 Philip Briggs, BCT Monitoring Manager and Liz Ferrell

12:40 – 12:50   Spotlight on bat groups: Group activities update

Natalie Todman, Lothians Bat Group

12:50 – 12:55    Q+A session 

12:55 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:30    Afternoon Workshop session

Delegates will be able to attend their chosen workshop session or browse the Batty Bazaar stalls and exhibitor stands: Bat Conservation Trust, Wildlife Acoustics, BatAbility, Hazelwood Landscapes Ltd, Wildlife and Countryside Services and NHBS

15:30 – 15:50    Break

15:50 – 16:05   Bats, Agaves, and People: Joining Bat Conservation and Rural Livelihoods, Mexico

Kristen Lear, University of Georgia and Kate Barlow Award Winner 2017

Pre-recorded talk

16:05 – 16:15   Culzean Country Park Training Evening - Night of the Noctule

Jo King, Loch Lomond Bat Group

16:15 – 16:25    Putting Bats on the Highlands Map

                          Erika Faggiani, Scottish Wildlife Trust

16:25 – 16:40    Bats and diseases – latest research overview

                          Lisa Worledge, BCT Head of Conservation Services

16:40 – 16:45    Q + A

16:45 – 17:00   Raffle and round up

  Liz Ferrell

17:00                 CLOSE


Workshops (Workshop Leader)

Workshops last up to 90 minutes. Delegates will be able to choose one option from the following:


Advanced Sound Analysis (Philip Briggs, BCT) FILLING UP FAST

An Introduction to Kaleidoscope Viewer (free version) Sound Analysis Software

Bats and Licensing - all you ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask...(Christian Christodoulou-Davies, Jenna Lane, SNH) FILLING UP FAST

BCT's "Bearing Witness for Wildlife" project - A Scottish Perspective (Pete Charleston, BCT)

Encouraging bats and other wildlife into gardens and green spaces (Jim and Joel Ashton, Hazelwood Landscapes Ltd)

Safeguarding for bat groups (Lisa Worledge, BCT)

Surveying bats in buildings (James Morrison, Ecologist Network Rail)  FULLY BOOKED

Using Audiomoth recorders for static bat surveys (Dr David Martin, Senior Lecturer at Dundee University) FILLING UP FAST


Attendees may prefer not to attend a workshop but use the chance to browse the displays.

Displays, Posters, sales tables and raffle

There will be displays, posters and sales tables which delegates can visit during registration and breaks. Donations to the raffle are welcome.


Cancellations: BCT are only able to offer a  partial refund (£35/£40)  for cancellations made before Friday 10th November. Regrettably we are unable to provide a refund if cancellations are made on or after this date.


Further information

If you have any questions or if you would like to bring sales or display items please contact Liz Ferrell, telephone 01786 822 107 or email


Link to our sponsor: