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.
Knepp Rewilding Estate
Wednesday 23 March 2022
: Hidden amongst the boughs of an Oak tree, Steve & his guests look down over the Knepp Castle Rewilding Estate; former farmland which has...
The National Bat Monitoring Programme
Wednesday 09 March 2022
: 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...
Angela Mills; Bobby the brown long-eared bat
Wednesday 23 February 2022
: 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...
Bat conservation in action with Jim Mullholland
Wednesday 09 February 2022
: This week Steve is on the Tortworth Estate in south Gloucestershire with Jim Mullholland. They're joined by a voluntary team of arborists...
Bats at RHS Wisley
Wednesday 26 January 2022
: This week Steve is in Surrey at RHS Garden Wisley with Principal Entomologist Dr Andrew Salisbury. Andrew sits down with Steve in the brand...
A bat call library with Martyn Cooke
Wednesday 12 January 2022
: 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...
Wednesday 29 December 2021
: 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...
Bats with Altitude - Rich Flight
Wednesday 15 December 2021
: This week Steve is in the Lake District National Park with Ecologist and Chair of south Cumbria Bat Group Rich Flight. Rich published the...
Children's books with Emma Reynolds
Wednesday 01 December 2021
: This week Steve is at Chorlton Water Park Nature Reserve in Manchester with author and illustrator Emma Reynolds. Emma's debut...
Barbastelles at Paston Great Barn
Wednesday 17 November 2021
: This week Steve is on the Norfolk coastline in the East of England visiting Jane Harris from the Norfolk barbastelle study group. Paston...
Gareth Jones - A lifetime of research
Wednesday 03 November 2021
: 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...
We're back with Season 3!
Wednesday 27 October 2021
: Hello everyone it’s Steve here from BatChat here to tell you that a brand new series is going to be along on Wednesday. I know it’s been...
Bats in Churches with Barry Collins
Wednesday 03 March 2021
: For the final episode of Series 2 we join Nottinghamshire Bat Group member Barry Collins at a Leicestershire Church where he talks to Steve...
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: The 2020 Woodland Symposium was hosted by BCT, six years after the inaugural symposium. It bought together landowners, ecologists, bat...
Chester Zoo - Twilight Zone
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: 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...
Going Underground on a Hibernation Survey
Wednesday 20 January 2021
: Steve joins Helen Ball and other members of Staffordshire Bat Group as they undertake a winter hibernation survey for the National Bat...
Our CEO, Kit Stoner
Wednesday 06 January 2021
: The Bat Conservation Trust is a small conservation charity but undertakes a vast amount of work in their aim to conserve bats. During the...
Sue Swift & friends at the Scottish Bat Conference
Wednesday 23 December 2020
: In November 2019 before the word Coronavirus had become all-too familiar, the Scottish Bat Conference was taking place in Perth. In this...
Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project with Helen Parr
Wednesday 09 December 2020
: 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...
Dr Winifred Frick - Bat Conservation International
Wednesday 25 November 2020
: Winifred is the Chief Scientist at Bat Conservation International as well as an associate research professor in Ecology and Evolutionary...
Gardening for bats with Joel Ashton
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: Remember seeing bats over your garden years ago and suddenly realised that they've vanished over time? Wildlife garden landscaper Joel...
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: A camping trip in the New Forest was the first sighting of bats that broadcaster, naturalist and writer Chris Packham had. He became the...
Bats & Coronavirus
Thursday 07 May 2020
: In this bonus episode recorded during the UK lockdown, we have two guests on the show. Tom August is a scientist based at the UK Centre for...
Wednesday 01 April 2020
: This week we have two guests on the show. Hannah Van Hesteren is one of the Helpline Managers at the Bat Conservation Trust. She talks to...
Bats and Trees with Jim Mullholland
Wednesday 18 March 2020
: Despite a number of our bats using trees as roost sites, we know surprisingly little about how bats use trees. In this episode Steve sits...