3rd European Bat House Symposium

Following two successful meetings in the Netherlands (2012) and Belgium (2014), the 3rd European Bat House Symposium will take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August 2018 in the UK. The 2018 symposium is being co-organised by the Vincent Wildlife Trust and The Mammal Society.

 

Aim
To bring together those working in bat research and conservation who have an interest in bat boxes and other artificial structures for bats. It is an opportunity for participants to present the findings from their research and conservation projects, and to share experience and ideas.

Location
Juniper Hall Field Study Centre in Surrey, southern England. Good public transport links to London and the south-east. Less than 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick Airport.

Accommodation
Group accommodation and all meals provided on site, with plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and socialising outside of the programme. On Thursday evening there will be a BBQ (weather permitting!).

Format
There will be presentations on day one and until mid-morning of day two, followed by an excursion on the second day to Gatwick Airport’s biodiversity greenspace. This is a project that has earnt the airport the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark Award and a CIRIA Big Biodiversity Award. The 75 ha site includes ancient woodland, with box schemes for bats and dormice, as well as wetlands and wildflower meadows.

Presentations
Presentations are invited from participants on the subject of ‘traditional’ bat boxes, as well as research/conservation projects on other artificial roost structures. Abstracts should be submitted by email to anitaglover@vwt.org.uk and should include the title, authors and their affiliations, and the email address of the author presenting. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 14th May.

Cost
£143 (registration, group accommodation on 2nd August, all meals during the symposium and excursion). An additional £52 (optional) to stay at Juniper Hall on Wednesday 1st August.

 

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