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Symposium on bat migrations

On 8 and 9 November 2019, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the Bats Working Group of Natuurpunt Study organize a two-day symposium on bats migration. On Friday, participants assemble in Ostend - in the offices of VLIZ - for an international seminar on bats migration along the North Sea coast as an underexposed phenomenon with consequences for spatial planning and landscape management (language: English). On Saturday, the location is Tillegem Castle in Bruges, where the anniversary seminar will highlight 40 years of bat research by volunteers (languages: English, Dutch and French). The two-day symposium is made possible thanks to the IHD operation of the Houtland Regional Landscape and is part of the EU micro-Interreg project Chiro’Act. With the support of Lifewatch Belgium.

Programme

Friday 8 November 2019
VLIZ, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende (www.vliz.be)
Main language: English

09:30: Doors open, registration, coffee/tea
10:00: Welcome (VLIZ)
10:10: Migrating bat species in Europe, their status, major threats and current research methods. Rollin Verlinde (Inverde/Vildaphoto)
10:35: 5 years of bat ringing along the Baltic coast in Latvia, Gunars Petersons (Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies)
11:00: Break
11:15: The UK National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project, Rebecca Downey (University College London)
11:40: The importance of reliable population estimates: case Nathusius’ Pippistrelle and other migrating species relevant for the Dutch part of the North Sea. Ir. Herman Limpens (bureau Zoogdiervereniging Nederland)
12:05: Are wetlands important feeding areas for migrating pippistrelles along the Belgian coast? The preliminary results of 5 years of research. Marie Robberecht / Elisabeth Debusschere (VLIZ).
12:20: Poster presentations
12:30 Lunch
13:25: Introduction to the afternoon program
13:30: Bat research by the RBINS on the North Sea: wind farms, their impact and plans for the future. Robin Brabant (KBIN)
13:45: Impact of artificial light at night (ALAN) on bat mobility: the current state of knowledge. Kamiel Spoelstra (NIOO, Netherlands Institute of Ecology).
14:00: Workshops: ALAN and bats (Kamiel Spoelstra, NIOO), EIA of wind farms in Flanders (Joris Everaert, INBO), automated monitoring and species identification software (Ralf Gyselings, INBO).
15:00: Break
15:20: Bat migrations along the coast and across the North Sea: the preliminary results of four years of hightech research. Sander Lagerveld (Wageningen Marine Research).
15:50: EU species directives, national legislations, implications for wind farming and the role of Eurobats. Suren Gazaryan (UNEP/Eurobats)
16:20: Reception
17:00: Departure to Ostend
Evening program: this will be sent to all the registered participants.
For booking accommodation we kindly refer to the Ostend Youth hostel ‘De Ploate’ www.jeugdherbergen.be/en/ostend/contact

Saturday 9 November 2019
Streekhuis Tillegem Castle, Tillegemstraat 81, 8200 Brugge
Main languages: English and Dutch, limited simultaneous translation in French.

09:45: Doors open. Coffee/tea
10:00: Registration
10:30: Short intro, looking back on Friday’s results, Interreg Chiro’Act (Bob Vandendriessche, Regionaal Landschap Houtland).
10:50 – 11u10: 5 years of bat ringing along the Baltic coast in Latvia and the establishment of a new bat NGO in Latvia, Ilze Brila and Gunars Petersons (Bat Research Society of Latvia).
11:00 – 11u20: Break
11:20 – 11u40: The UK National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project, Rebecca Downey (University College London)
11:45 – 12u10: Bat migrations along the coast and across the North Sea: the preliminary results of four years of hightech research. Sander Lagerveld (Wageningen Marine Research).
12:10: Poster presentation
12:15: Lunch
13:00: Optional: short visit to a nearby recently build bat hibernaculum
13:25: Introduction to the afternoon program.
13:30: Surprise event by our special and honored Jubilee guest: Nils Bouillard and the Big Bat Year. Be there!
14:00-14:20: Impact of artificial light at night (ALAN) on bat mobility: the current state of knowledge. Kamiel Spoelstra (NIOO, Netherlands Institute of Ecology).
14:25-14:50: Workshops (ALAN and bats, capturing bats: do’s and don’ts, automated monitoring and species identification software, defining research priorities).
14:50-15:15: Break
15:15-15:35: Remarkable mobility of Leislers’ bats in Eastern Belgium. René Janssen (Bionet)
15:35-16:40 years of bat research by volunteers, Alex Lefevre (Vleermuizenwerkgroep)
16:10: Reception and Jubilee cake

Registration

Registration is possible until 31 October via this link.
Note: the Friday evening activity on 8 November is fully booked.