We are delighted to announce the UK’s first bat conference dedicated to autumn swarming, which will take place 1-3 September in the Derbyshire Dales. This event aims to bring bat workers together to share their knowledge of swarming ecology and a range of field techniques used to study swarming bats.
Presentations will be a mix of research and locally led projects, and will kick off with our keynote speaker, Professor John Altringham.
The conference will include practical knowledge-sharing workshops, designed to bring people with varying degrees of expertise together to exchange experiences, ideas and techniques.
There will also be a breakout session which will help to identify gaps in our knowledge as well as opportunities to work collectively to identify and monitor swarming sites more effectively.
On the Saturday evening there will be an opportunity to participate in fieldwork at underground sites in the Derbyshire Dales (optional).
The conference will take place at the Hayes Conference Centre, in the Derbyshire Dales, with limited on-site accommodation.
The Friday evening will be an informal opportunity to socialise and network, with the conference programme starting at 9.15am on the Saturday. The Sunday programme will not start till 10am due to fieldwork on the Saturday evening.