Event: Big Bat Skills

Register now for the Bat Conservation Trust's Big Bat Skills online training event, featuring a wide range of interactive workshops that will give participants the tools to improve their bat identification and research skills. This workshop will include several workshops that will be of particular interest to the conservation tech community, especially the Beginner’s Guide to UK Bat ID using Kaleidoscope, a workshop co-sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics. 

These workshops will take place on 22 - 23 May 2020.

Get registration details here!

Date published: 2020/05/19

The Big Bat Skills Event - Online will be taking place on 22 - 23 May 2020 to coincide with International Day of Biological Diversity.

Booking is now open!

If you want to attend a whole day or both days, click here.

If you want to book just one workshop, click here.

As we are unable to gather for our usual Spring events, we are bringing bat workers together online for a range of workshops so they can continue to develop their skills and knowledge and stay in touch with each other.

The event will take place online and participants can choose to attend just one workshop, one day (3 workshops), or both days (6 workshops).


The event is co-sponsored by NHBSPettersson, and Wildlife Acoustics. We are very grateful for their support. There are still opportunities to co-sponsor the event and join the detector showcase panels. Email Naomi Webster for more information.



We are offering a range of workshops, with most taking place more than once. See the full range of workshops below:

  • Beginner’s Guide to UK Bat ID using Kaleidoscope with Paul Howden-Leach from Wildlife Acoustics. For anyone just starting out with analysing bat calls, this course is a beginners guide to bat identification for UK bat species. The aim of the course is to break down the UK bat species into specific groups as a first layer of bat identification. The course will first give an overview of Kaleidoscope Pro which will be the major tool to look and label bat calls. No previous experience is necessary and resources and data will be provided.

  • Introduction to Visual Bat identification - Learn key identifying features to tell different species apart with Gail Armstrong

  • Maintaining Bat Records Using iRecord - This workshop will provide an overview of how the iRecord system works, and then focus on particular issues relevant to bat recording and features that may be useful for bat groups and ecologists with Martin Harvey

  • Surveying Buildings - A presentation-based workshop using a range of examples to consider how to survey buildings for their bat potential and reviewing the evidence you might find with Chris Vine

  • Identifying Bat Calls - Pipistrelles and Daubenton's bats - develop your skills in recognising calls using a heterodyne bat detector to be able to take part in the NBMP waterways survey if you want with Natalie Todman

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness - Productivity skills tips with Lisa Worledge

  • Surveying Trees - Improve your skills in recognising potential roost features in trees with Rich Flight

  • Bat Care for Beginners - Learn about the equipment and skills you will need to develop to get started as a bat carer with Maggie Brown

  • Hibernations Surveys - Where would you look for bats in winter? Learn from Tina Wiffen's experiences surveying bats and searching for new hibernation roosts

  • Using your Ears - Introductory workshop with Andrea Hudspeth developing your skills in using a heterodyne bat detector to distinguish between 4 types of bats' calls to potentially take part in the NBMP Field Survey if you want

  • Developing and Organising a Bat Group, and Engaging Members - A discussion based workshop with Steve Parker exploring different approaches and sharing ideas, including training, to engage and enthuse bat group members, and the implications for bat group management – successes and lessons learnt.

  • Batty Crafts - Develop your crafting skills with Shirley Thompson and Anne Youngman demonstrating a variety of craft activities that you can undertake at home during lockdown or with groups/members of the public.




The timings are in draft at the moment, and so may change, but delegates will be receive their finalised timetable before the event.

09:30 - Welcome and introduction to Zoom

09:45 - Session 1 (90 minute workshops)

11:15 - Break

11:30 - Handheld detector showcase panel (details tbc)

12:00 - Session 2 (90 minute workshops)

13:30 - Lunch break

14:30 - Static detector showcase panel (details tbc)

15:00 - Session 3 (90 minutes workshops)

16:30 - Wrap up and feedback session

The main room will be available for networking during refreshment breaks.


One workshop: £15 BCT members/£20 for non-members

One day (3 workshops): £35 for BCT members/£40 for non-members

Both days (6 workshops): £60 for BCT members/£65 for non-members


If you want to attend a whole day or both days, click here.

If you want to book just one workshop, click here.

If you have any questions, email [email protected]

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