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Brilliant Bats and Baffling Birds

Please note, this venue is 18+ only after 9pm and there is internal lift access to all bar areas.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30-9:30pm
The Bath Cider House, 7 Bladud Buildings,
Bath BA1 5LS
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In tonight’s talks we will hear from experts on two very different types of winged creatures. Prepare for preconceptions on bats to be overturned and to gain insight on the parenting choices of shorebirds.

The wonder of bats

Tom Foxley & Dr Luke Romaine (Postdoctoral Researcher, Bat Conservation Research Lab, University of Bath & Project Officer – North Somerset Bat Survey)
Bats are undeserving of their spooky reputation. Extraordinary species exist worldwide – providing benefits such as pollination and pest control. Their super immunity might help uncover solutions to longer health-spans. The countryside around Bath is home to horseshoe bats – the focus of our PhD research. We studied their habits during hibernation, genetic relationships, and GPS tracked them to help their conservation. In this talk we make the case for bats, recovering their image from blood-suckers to ecological super-heroes, providing insight into the latest research on their biology.
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To care or not to care? Parental care in Madagascan shorebirds.

Dr Claire Tanner (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford)
Parental care is costly to parents but beneficial to offspring. As parents typically produce multiple offspring throughout their life, parental care is often limited to periods of offspring development where parents can make substantial contributions to offspring survival. Short care is expected for precocial species (producing less “needy” young). We report that in 3 species of Malagasy plovers (Kittlitz’s, white-fronted and Madagascar plovers) the parents may attend their young for up to at least 71 days. Why would they provide double the length of parental care than other shorebird species?
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