03 June 2013
The first Channel Isles Bat Conference will be held on Saturday 8 June in Jersey.
The conference will give attendees the chance to hear the latest bat research, develop monitoring schemes and generate ideas about conserving bat diversity and habitats on the islands. There will also be a bat walk on the night of Friday 7 June and an opportunity for Jersey Bat group members to get involved with practical bat research on Saturday night.
The Channel Islands are home to eight known resident bat species, including one of the UK’s rarest, the grey long-eared bat.
Bats are unique mammals that are of high conservation concern. Many bats often live close to people, roosting in houses and feeding over our parks and gardens even in towns and villages.
The conference is organised by Jersey Bat Group along with Dr Orly Razgour and Lisa Worledge from the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). Dr Razgour has researched the conservation biology and genetics of the grey long-eared bat in Jersey and will be sharing her knowledge and expertise.
Lisa is the BCT partnership officer and her role is to support and share information with local bat groups and to work on joint projects with partner groups. She will be exploring the role of Channel Isles Bat Groups as part of UK wide conservation efforts.