Indeed, a cheap football gag, but also a serious issue for those of us who care where Paul Howden-Leach will be appearing next on the Autumn round of conferences and workshops.

It’s lucky that he doesn’t mind travelling about too much because Paul is busy this Autumn running workshops, training courses and attending seminars to help people get to grips with their SM2BAT detectors and reveal some of their new applications in the survey field.

The first is our next SM2 training course on Tuesday 13th September.

The next is the National Bat Conference at Warwick University 16-18th September. Paul’s massively over subscribed workshop from last year is retitled “Comparison of remote bat sensing equipment and its applications” to take account of updates and new applications. A lot has been learned in a year both from field experience and from users who have attended our SM2 training courses.

Then its time for Wildlife Acoustics to come and visit us. If you have any questions for them, or our resident SM2 expert please email

The IEEM Scottish Section Conference is being held at Scottish Natural
Heritage in Perth on Wednesday 5th October. As its title is “Technological Advances in Ecological Monitoring” it would be churlish not to attend. Our colleague at Wildcare, Giles Whiteside is actually speaking this time. Paul will be going along to answer questions on the Wildlife Acoustics stand, and of course promote our SM2 training courses.

Then finally, onto the first regional event for The Mammal Society, in North Wales on 12th November. Paul has been asked to run a workshop which he has titled “Not just a bat detector”. It is of course about the SM2 and its capabilities, looking its applications for a range of survey species and environments. Paul will also outline new advances and products from Wildlife Acoustics and provide support and feedback on any issues current SM2 users are facing.

Nothing booked for December yet, except of course, actual ecology client work, oh, and Christmas – am I allowed to say that yet?!

I thought I’d let you know where you can catch up with us this Autumn.
Aside from the usual site work and reporting, Paul and Andrew are busy
writing presentations and digesting the recent updates to the SM2BAT to
present some new ideas at a range of events this season.

Andrew’s first outing is to the Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference at Birmingham University 5th-7th September. He is presenting a paper on the potential applications of bio-acoustics for ecological survey and monitoring.

This international conference has attracted distinguished scientists in the field and should stimulate deep discussion not only into the methods of collecting biological data, but of validating new protocols. This raises some key issues of the development of ecological survey guidance (something which seems to be a pre-occupation in the UK profession) and how our statutory bodies such as Natural England will respond to rapidly developing techniques.

On Thursday 29th September, Andrew is running an event with Penny Simpson of DLA Piper entitled “Ecological constraints to development – Overcoming the legal hurdles”.

Andrew will also of course be a day delegate at this years RenewableUK annual conference being held at Manchester Central 25th-27th October. He is looking forward to catching up with many of our wind farm clients there, and will be in touch to put faces to names on the day. To book an appointment with him please email