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Yorkshire branch

An online symposium focussing on the only truly flying mammal, bats, followed by the RSB Yorkshire branch AGM

Event overview

Bats have fascinated people for many years. They star in myths and stories in numerous cultures and now have possible involvement in the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Bats are frequently associated with death, magic and witchcraft, probably because they are nocturnal mammals and the only ones able to truly fly.

This highly topical, online, Yorkshire Branch Symposium will explore the biology and functions of bats and their importance. The symposium will involve two illustrated talks by experts, each followed by audience questions and discussion. Download the event document for more details and an overview of the talk content.

The symposium will be followed by the Yorkshire branch AGM, which will start at 15:30 GMT. All are welcome to attend, but only RSB Yorkshire branch members will be able to vote. The AGM is a chance for members and non-members to come together to talk to the committee and hear about updates in their activities and finances, and to plan for the year ahead. You can download an agenda for the AGM.


13:30 Introduction
13:35 Why Bats Matter - Gail Armstrong, North Lancashire Bat Group
14:20 Inspired by Bats: What bats can teach us about engineering - Dr Dean Waters, University of York
15:10 Discussion, summary and symposium close
15:15 Break
15:30 RSB Yorkshire branch AGM
16:30 Close


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For booking or website queries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.