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Bat Conservation Trust

Stories from the bat conservation movement. Trustee and ecologist Steve Roe talks to the experts as well as local heroes to bring you the stories from the world of bat conservation. This podcast is for anyone who loves bats or has an interest in bat conservation and the wider bat conservation community. Series 3 is out now with episodes released every second Wednesday from autumn 2021 through to Spring 2022. Series 4 is coming later this year. Bats are magical but misunderstood mammals. At the Bat Conservation Trust we have a vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.

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We're back with Season 3!
27-10-2021
3 mins
Knepp Rewilding Estate
Hidden amongst the boughs of an Oak tree, Steve & his guests look down over the Knepp Castle Rewilding Estate; former farmland which has been allowed to return to nature by the owners Isabella Tree & Charlie Burrell. In this episode, as the sun sets the light turns golden. Below us red deer begin to bellow at the start of the rutting season, a green woodpecker calls out from amongst the tussocky grassland and bats begin to flit about the Oak canopy they're stood in. Our guests in this final episode of season 3 are Ryan Greaves and Stephanie Murphy. Ryan tells us more about the Estate and Steph explains how bat surveys have evolved over the years.Follow Ryan and Steph on InstagramFollow Knepp on twitter and InstagramFind out more about the greater horseshoes in SussexGet more audio from Knepp by having a listen to their podcastGet the history of the Knepp Rewilding project hereThe bestselling book Wilding by Isabella Tree can be bought hereIt really helps us as a show if you leave us a review because it helps other people discover that we existSeason 4Recording for series 4 is already underway and will be coming later in the year. We're looking for participants to share bat stores from across the UK with the podcast so if you're working on a great bat project or have a story about the bats in your area to share please drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk Our Social MediaJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrustFor more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/Bats are magical but misunderstood mammals. At the Bat Conservation Trust we have a vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together. We know that conservation action to protect and conserve bats is having a positive impact on bat populationsThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
23-03-2022
38 mins
The National Bat Monitoring Programme
Discover the amazing work taking place in the dead of night each year by hoards of volunteers. This episode starts with Steve joining a team of these volunteers who are counting out a brown long-eared bat roost in the Derbyshire Dales at dusk as a nearby rookery gathers. We then sit down in Battersea Park, London with Philip Briggs, monitoring manager for the Bat Conservation Trust who collates all of this data sent in by volunteers and turns it into invaluable trends to establish how our bats are faring year on year in the UK.  The National Bat Monitoring Programme is one of the longest running citizen science projects in the world and YOU, yes YOU can take part! There are surveys which need no prior experience.Get involved with the NBMP yourself hereTake a look at the summary maps for each survey typeWatch footage of the brown long-eared roost being counted out by Jill in this episode here as the bats return at dawnRead the latest NBMP report to see how our bats are faringPlease leave us a review of the show as it helps us get BatChat discovered by other listeners. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here.Competition Time!We're running BatChat's first ever competition this series. Children's authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes for our first ever competition! Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see episode 26). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so;if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. if you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict appand if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website.Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re onlyThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
09-03-2022
42 mins
Angela Mills; Bobby the brown long-eared bat
Join Steve on the Welcombe Hills overlooking Stratford-upon-Avon as he sits down with the author of Bobby the brown long-eared bat, a children's book which follows the adventure of a baby brown long-eared bat who lives in the attic of a farmyard. Sitting in the autumn sunshine on a wooden bench watching the world go by, Angela reveals to Steve where the inspiration for Bobby came from, how she got into the world of bats, the challenges of publishing as well as revealing what's next in store for Bobby!  Angela is on twitter and InstagramFind out more about Bobby the brown long-eared bat on his own website!Get your own signed copy direct from Angela from her online shopor order from here and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Bat Conservation TrustSupport your local bookstore by shopping on uk.bookshop.org where you can name your local bookstore to support them whilst you shop.Competition Time!As you heard in this episode, Angela Mills and fellow children's author Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes for our first ever competition! Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see episode 26). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so;if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. if you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict appand if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website.Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Join the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instaThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
23-02-2022
28 mins
Bat conservation in action with Jim Mullholland
This week Steve is on the Tortworth Estate in south Gloucestershire with Jim Mullholland. They're joined by a voluntary team of arborists who are assisting Jim with his 5 year project to create natural tree features for Bechstein's and barbastelle bats. By using chainsaws to create different crevices and cavities within living trees, the team hope that they will be taken up by colonies of the two bat species which are present in the woodland Steve is visiting today in this episode. The episode starts on a sunny spring day in an ancient woodland with chiffchaff singing in the canopy overhead. As the episode moves down to where the team are working for the day there's more background noise than you're used to on BatChat because the woodland is right next to the M5 motorway.  Jim Mullholland is on twitter and InstagramJim has a YouTube channel with a number of videos of bats inside tree roosts.The Tortworth Estate opens to the public on certain days of the year. Find out more here.Listen to our other episodes on veteranisation with Jim and Vicky BengtssonA guide to veteranisation techniques is at this link.Competition Time!Children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see above episode!). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Join the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: Thank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
09-02-2022
28 mins
Bats at RHS Wisley
This week Steve is in Surrey at RHS Garden Wisley with Principal Entomologist Dr Andrew Salisbury. Andrew sits down with Steve in the brand new wildlife garden outside their new laboratory building to tell us about the work the RHS do and how we can improve our gardens for wildlife including bats. This week we also have a piece of nature writing by James Gilbert. James creates 'thumbnail' pieces and tweets them out and he's created a longer piece especially for BatChat called "Made with Echoes".RHS Garden Wisley website, twitter and InstagramRHS Plants for Pollinators listAndrew Salisbury is on twitter and Instagram and his RHS profile is hereInfo on how to garden for bats can be found on our websiteJames Gilbert is on twitterMorgan Brind who narrated Made with Echoes is on twitter and InstagramIf you have a piece of nature writing or poetry about bats that you'd like to share with us, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk and your piece may end up on the show!Competition Time!Children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see above episode!). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. JoiThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
26-01-2022
22 mins
A bat call library with Martyn Cooke
This week Steve joins Martyn Cooke outside a holiday cottage in Staffordshire as they set up a matrix of bat detectors to record the sound of Brandt's bats emerging from their roost before flying into the adjacent woodland. Martyn explains why he is recording the calls, why he's travelled all the way from Surrey to record these bats and what the calls will be used for. Steve finds out how an injured serotine bat got Martyn hooked on bats and they talk about the advances in automatic bat call identification.If you're interested in finding out more about bat detectors, your local bat group are likely to be able to lend you a detector and you can learn more about them on our website here.   Listen to our earlier episode from series one about Brandt's in the Churnet valley here.Follow Martyn on twitterBorrow detectors from us to help us grow the call libraryBat Detector InfoLow cost AudioMoth detectors on twitterPlease leave us a review if you can, it helps us to reach a wider audience so that we can spread the word about how great bats are.Competition Time!Two of this series future guests, children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats. To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Join the conversation on social media using #BatChatProducer: Steve RoeThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
12-01-2022
25 mins
Jon Russ
This week Steve is joined in a Derbyshire churchyard by Jon Russ who is an expert on bat echolocation calls. They discuss how Jon got into studying bat calls, his latest book on the subject and his passion for Nathusius’ pipistrelle bats. Jon's latest book "Bat Calls of Britain and Europe" is available from Pelagic Publishing and is aimed at anyone interested in bat echolocation. It contains introductory chapters to the subject as well as more advanced topics such as sound analysis. As Jon says in this episode if you want to get into learning about bat calls the best place to start is to get hold of a bat detector. Your local bat group are likely to be able to lend you a detector and you can learn more about them on our website here. Jon's other passion is Nathusius' pipistrelles and he runs the website dedicated to this species containing distribution maps, identification tips and other information about their ecology.  Listen to our earlier episode about Nathusius' pipistrelles with Dan Hargreaves here.Bat Calls of Britain and Europe Bat Detector InfoNathusius' pipistrelle websitePlease leave us a review if you can, it helps us to reach a wider audience so that we can spread the word about how great bats are.Competition Time!Two of this series future guests, children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats. To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’Thank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
29-12-2021
32 mins
Bats with Altitude - Rich Flight
This week Steve is in the Lake District National Park with Ecologist and Chair of south Cumbria Bat Group Rich Flight. Rich published the findings of a study called "Bats with Altitude" in the journal British Island Bats in 2021 and he sits down with Steve to tell us about what inspired the project, what bats were found at over 500m on the mountainsides and how volunteers surveyed for bats in challenging upland conditions.Bats with Altitude paper (page 105) published in British Island Bats where photos of the study sites and maps are availableRich's InstagramRich's twitterSouth Cumbria Bat Group websiteCumberland Bat Group websiteCompetition Time!Children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see above episode!). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Join the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrustFor more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/Thank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
15-12-2021
39 mins
Children's books with Emma Reynolds
This week Steve is at Chorlton Water Park Nature Reserve in Manchester with author and illustrator Emma Reynolds. Emma's debut author-illustrator book "Amara and the Bats" was published here in the UK in July 2021 and she sits down with Steve to tell us how the book has been received, what she thinks the future of children's books holds and what it was that inspired her to write a kids book about bats.Emma's websiteAmara and the Bats publisher websiteBuy your books and support your local bookstore using Bookshop.orgEmma's shop (including pin badges, stickers & cards)#KidLit4ClimateEmma's Instagram (where you can watch Bat Club Live on Tuesdays or watch the back-catalogue whenever you like)Emma's twitterCompetition Time!Children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats (see above episode!). To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Join the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrustFor more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
01-12-2021
23 mins
Barbastelles at Paston Great Barn
This week Steve is on the Norfolk coastline in the East of England visiting Jane Harris from the Norfolk barbastelle study group. Paston Great Barn dates back to 1581. It’s a huge thatched barn made of flint, brick and stone measuring 50 meters in length and about 10 meters wide. Despite it’s size, driving south along the coast road it’s very easy to miss as you pass its end flint wall and not until you glance in your rear view mirror do you get a feel for the expanse of the structure. Hidden away inside this SSSI and SAC is an important roost of rare barbastelle bats which emerge from the barn at night and either head off down the country lanes or to the cliffs along the beach to forage. Jane and Steve discuss the work done by the research group to discover more about barbastelles in Norfolk as well as this important roost where it all started back in 1996.Norfolk barbastelle study group websiteTheir blog siteA historic newsletter with a timeline of events at Paston barnThe British Islands Bats paper than Jane mentionsNorwich Bat Group Social MediaNorfolk Wildlife Trust Social MediaPlease leave us a review if you can, it helps us to reach a wider audience so that we can spread the word about how great bats are.Competition Time!Two of this series future guests, children’s authors Angela Mills and Emma Reynolds have kindly donated prizes. Angela has donated a copy of Bobby the brown long-eared bat signed by both Angela and Chris Packham and Emma has donated a copy of her newly released book Amara and the bats. To enter the competition to win one of these brilliant books, all you have to do is write us a review about the show and the two winners will be picked at random at the end of this series. Not all podcast apps allow you to leave reviews, so if you’re an Apple device user, leave us a review on the Apple podcasts app which is already installed on your device. If you’re an Android user, you can leave us a review on the Podcast Addict app and if you don’t listen to the show on a mobile device you can write your review on the Podchaser website. Instructions of how to leave your review in each of these places can be found here. Remember, we need to be able to contact you if you win so when you leave your review, make sure you give us your twitter or Instagram handle in the review. If you don’t use these, drop us an email to comms@bats.org.uk with a copy of your review. We’re only able to post the prizes to addresses in the United Kingdom. Thank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
17-11-2021
29 mins
Gareth Jones - A lifetime of research
BatChat is back for a third series! Steve is on the roof of the biological sciences building with Professor Gareth Jones where he talks to Steve about just some of the research he has undertaken in his lifetime with bats. They discuss the work famously done to separate the two pipistrelle species back in the 90's, what Gareth gets up to in his spare time and the unusual behaviour found in fruit bat species which won Gareth the Ig Nobel Prize! Please leave us a review if you can, it helps us to reach a wider audience so that we can spread the word about how great bats are.Follow Gareth on twitterFollow the Jones BatLab on twitterGareth's Research ProfileGareth's Photography WebsiteFellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation timeJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrustFor more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
03-11-2021
43 mins
We're back with Season 3!Bats in Churches with Barry Collins
For the final episode of Series 2 we join Nottinghamshire Bat Group member Barry Collins at a Leicestershire Church where he talks to Steve about the works that were undertaken on the church to restore it whilst retaining the Natterer's bat colony living in the fabric of the building. Barry also discusses the importance of churches in the local community as well as how they're adapting to the 21st century and how he, along with dozens of other bat workers, are working with church communities up and down the country to find a solution to retain bat roosts whilst allowing these buildings at the heart of villages to be regularly used.Become a bat explorer in your local church with the Bats in Churches ProjectFind out more about Barry's workFollow the Leicestershire and Rutland Bat Group on twitterFollow Nottinghamshire Bat Group on twitterFollow Essex Bat Group on twitterRemember we're on the lookout for stories and projects to include in the next series of BatChat so if you have a great story to tell, email comms@bats.org.ukJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrustTwitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrustFor more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
03-03-2021
46 mins
Woodland Symposium
The 2020 Woodland Symposium was hosted by BCT, six years after the inaugural symposium. It bought together landowners, ecologists, bat workers and professionals from the woodland and forestry industry to listen to talks from 15 speakers covering research, knowledge updates and case studies on woodlands and bats. We hear from three of those speakers as well as a couple of the 11 students who had been given a place at the conference by bursaries offered by the Back from the Brink project (check out episode 2 for more on that!).George Fisher talks about the Woodland Wildlife ToolkitVikki Bengtsson on Veteranisation of trees and Vikki also discusses this topic on another podcast "Tree Lady Talks"Rob Coventry discusses Ash DiebackFollow Morgan Hughes on twitterFollow Eleri Kent on twitterJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrust/Twitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrust/For more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
17-02-2021
45 mins
Chester Zoo - Twilight Zone
Chester Zoo is the most visited zoo in the UK with over 2 million visitors a year. It's also a conservation and education charity committed to preventing extinction. The fruit bat forest in the Twilight Zone exhibition is a fantastic visitor experience; Steve joins Dave White, the manager of the Twilight Zone, who explains how it's also used as an insurance population for the endangered Rodrigues fruit bat Pteropus rodricensis which is only found on the island of Rodrigues. Dr Claire Raisin the field programme coordinator for Madagascar and the Mascarenes explains how island-wide bat surveys which started in the mid-1990s are helping Chester monitor the nine main roost sites in Rodrigues. And finally we meet Helen Bradshaw the Estate Ecologist who amongst her many roles manages the native bat species roosts across the 250 hectare Estate opened in 1931 by George Mottershead.Find out more about the project at Chester:Fruit Bat ForestStories to Save Species in RodriguesMauritian Wildlife Foundation and their Facebook PageFollow Dr Claire Raisin and Helen Bradshaw on twitterFind out more about the Nature Reserve at Chester ZooJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrust/Twitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrust/For more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
03-02-2021
55 mins
Going Underground on a Hibernation Survey
Steve joins Helen Ball and other members of Staffordshire Bat Group as they undertake a winter hibernation survey for the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). Recorded in February 2020 in the Staffordshire Peak District, they undertake the latest survey of disused lead mines searching for bats deep in torpor.Helen reveals what it's like to undertake the survey (it's a VERY steep hillside!) and what sort of things you're likely to find in old mine adits. Apart from the bats - lots of bats - there's other wildlife down there too and the surveys have revealed just how important the site is for the bats of the Peak District.Find out more about Staffordshire Bat Group:https://www.staffsbats.co.uk/@staffsbats@derbyshirebatsThe NBMP hibernation surveys: https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/national-bat-monitoring-programmeThe Big Bat Skills Event Online is back this February - Book Now!https://www.bats.org.uk/events/big-bat-skills-event-onlineJoin the conversation on social media using #BatChat: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrust/Twitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrust/For more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
20-01-2021
24 mins
Our CEO, Kit StonerSue Swift & friends at the Scottish Bat Conference
23-12-2020
30 mins
Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project with Helen Parr
The weather has certainly got chilly in the last few days, but back in late October, it was still mild and Steve visited a bat colony which was still in residence in its summer roost. He meets up with Helen Parr, community engagement officer for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project. They discuss how the project has been received by the community over the last five years and what achievements its had whilst wandering around the countryside of the south-west, visiting the habitats that the largest Greater Horseshoe bat colony in western Europe relies on to thrive.So tune in and discover how this National Lottery Heritage Fund project has been giving a helping, er...wing, to the Greater Horseshoes of Devon.Loads of info about the project, including live cameras, here: http://devonbatproject.org/ Their twitter, Facebook and YouTube channelsDevon Bat GroupVincent Wildlife TrustJoin the podcast conversation on social media using #BatChat: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BatConservationTrust/Twitter: https://twitter.com/_BCT_Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batconservationtrust/For more bat news, head to our website https://www.bats.org.uk/Producer: Steve Roe @SteveRoeBatManCover Art: Rachel Hudson http://rachelhudsonillustration.com/infoThank you to Wildcare and Wildlife Acoustics for sponsoring the BatChat Podcast in 2021-2022.Quote BATCHAT at the Wildcare checkout to redeem a free gift!Visit wildlifeacoustics.com to learn more. Don't forget to leave us a 5* review on the Apple Podcasts App! It helps other listeners find the show more easily and spread the good word about bats. Don't know how to leave a review? Check out our simple instructions here.Support the show
09-12-2020
40 mins
Dr Winifred Frick - Bat Conservation International
25-11-2020
46 mins