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. 



Registration opens at 9:00 and the event closes at 17:30. Talks start at 10:00.

Provisional Programme

The programme is being finalised but talks will include;  

  • Liz Ferrell, BCT Scottish Officer Opening and Welcome

  •  Carol Williams, BCT Director of Conservation Update from BCT

  •  John Haddow, Central Scotland Bat Group Spotlight on bat groups: Luci (Leisler) reveals all!

  •  Bat Mitigation Projects, Soapbox session

  • Jo Ferguson, Built Environment Officer Bats and Lighting research overview

  • Katie Barr – Undergraduate student at the University of Aberdeen Nathusius pipistrelle population status in North East Scotland

  • Aileen Salway, North East Scotland Bat Group Spotlight on bat groups: Nathusius pipistrelle monitoring

  •  Philip Briggs, Monitoring Manager NBMP update

  •  Jo King, Loch Lomond Bat Group Spotlight on bat groups: Noctule at Culzean Castle  

  •  Loch Lomond Bat Group Spotlight on bat groups: Woodland surveys

  • Further research talks TBC


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) 

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) 

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)

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


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


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