Announcements

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Christmas Social Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2018, 8:33 AM by N K

The Christmas Social meeting of the Hampshire Bat Group will take place on Thursday 13th December. All our members are very welcome. Attractions will include our bat crafts, a quiz, a raffle, food and drink. This meeting will be at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre as usual, with refreshments available from 7 pm.

Meeting on 22nd November

posted Nov 5, 2018, 2:11 AM by N K   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 7:23 AM ]

Our meeting will include a presentation on the Agribats research project, given by its director, Dr Niamh McHugh of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  The title of her talk will be "Agribats - managing farmland for bats and their invertebrate prey". This meeting will be at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre as usual, with refreshments available from 7 pm.  We will be holding a committee meeting on Tuesday 6th November - topics for discussion are always welcome.

Meeting on 25th October

posted Oct 7, 2018, 8:59 AM by N K   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 10:14 AM ]

The first indoor meeting of the new season will take place at Swanwick Lakes Study Centre on Thursday 25th October. Refreshments will be available from 7 pm and the presentations will start at about 7.30. William Trodd will tell us about his bat research project in the New Forest. Dave Byett will update us about 'Frazzle', the grey long-eared bat that he cared for and subsequently released and radio-tracked. Then Nik Knight will recount recent developments at the Privett Tunnel bat hibernation site. The main presentation will be given by Chris Doubell: "(Almost) Everything that you wanted to know about bats" This will lead to discussion about how we engage with young people.

Bat Care Training

posted Jul 16, 2018, 11:58 AM by N K

A training day for new and existing bat carers will be held on Saturday 21st July at Fareham. Places on this course are limited, so please apply to our Hampshire bat care coordinator, Sophie Lancaster: batcarehantsbats(at)gmail.com

Summer Activities

posted Jul 16, 2018, 11:56 AM by N K   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 2:28 AM ]

Over the summer you will find us on:

    13th May - our display will be at the South Downs Green Fair near East Meon;

    19th May - our display will be at the Spring Fair at Sholing Valley in Southampton;

    27th May - participating in the Selborne Bioblitz;

    28th May - our display will be at the Gilbert White Museum Nature Festival at Selborne;

    3rd June - our display will be at the Wildlife Day at Fleet Pond;

    8th June - leading a bat walk at the Wildgrounds at Gosport;

    9th June - leading a bat walk at the Bioblitz at The Holt;

    16th June - our display will be at the Alton Party in the Park;

    30th June – our display will be at the Fair Oak Village Fete;

    3rd July - leading a bat walk at Whiteshute Ridge, Winchester;

    11th July - leading a bat walk at Langstone, Havant;

    16th July - leading a bat walk along the Itchen Navigation at Winchester;

    17th July - leading a bat walk at Bushy Lease, Havant;

    20th July - leading a bat walk at Michelmersh;

    21st July - bat care training course at Fareham:

    22nd July - participating in the Cliddesden Bioblitz;

    24th to 26th July – our display will be at the New Forest Show;

    2nd August - leading a bat walk at Selborne;

    4th August - our display will be at Exbury;

    13th August - leading a bat walk at St Cross Meadows at Winchester;

    18th August – our display will be at the Denmead Village Show;

    24th August - leading a bat walk at Weston;

    30th August - leading a bat walk at Selborne;

    1st September – our display will be at the Chandler’s Ford Wood Fair;

    8th September – our display will be at the Romsey Show;

    11th September – leading a bat walk at Swanwick Lakes;

    12th September - leading a bat walk at Bishops Waltham;;

    13th September - leading a bat walk at Romsey;

    14th September - leading a bat walk at Church Norton;

    15th September - leading a bat walk at the Itchen Valley Country Park;

    21st September - leading a bat walk at the Itchen Valley Country Park;

    … with more to follow!

Bat Care Training

posted May 2, 2018, 1:49 AM by N K

 A training day for new and existing bat carers will be held on Saturday 12th May from 10 am to 3 pm at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre. Places on this course are limited, so please apply to our Hampshire bat care coordinator, Sophie Lancaster: batcarehantsbats(at)gmail.com

Annual General Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2018, 10:13 AM by N K

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 26th April at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre. Nominations for posts on the committee should be sent to the Membership Secretary as soon as possible. The meeting will include a presentation by Lisa Worledge, Head of Conservation Services at the Bat Conservation Trust, on the subject of 'Bats and Science: current projects and research at BCT'.

Meeting on Thursday 22nd March

posted Mar 14, 2018, 4:29 AM by N K   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 5:33 AM ]

At our meeting on Thursday 22nd March at Swanwick Lakes, Dr Matt Clarke will tell us about greater horseshoe bat conservation and research in the Purbeck mines. His title is: "The Wild East: Sheriff Rhinolophus hibernating on the frontier". He tells us that "It's about my work for Natural England looking at a stone mine with SSSI status on Purbeck where Greater Horseshoe bats occur, monitoring their presence and looking at concerns over the condition of the mine and maintaining bat access at the edge of their range in the UK".  There will also be updates on current and future Hampshire Bat Group projects. Please remember to submit your contributions to our newsletter 'Bat Droppings'.

Write us an article!

posted Mar 2, 2018, 2:05 AM by N K

Our newsletter, 'Bat Droppings' needs contributions! Sheila and Cathy Dyason have kindly agreed to edit it and need your contributions by the copy deadline of 23rd March. Please write articles, of any length, and send them to sheiladyason2007@yahoo.co.uk.

Members' Meetings

posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:54 AM by N K   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 2:38 AM ]

At our next meeting on Thursday 22nd February there will be two presentations about recent bat research in Southampton and the Marwell area, given by Jack Merrifield and Aggie Thompson. At our meeting on 22nd March, Dr Matt Clarke will tell us about his research into horseshoe bats in the Purbeck mines. Our AGM on 26th April will include a presentation by Lisa Worledge, Head of Conservation Services at the Bat Conservation Trust, on the subject of 'Bats and Science: current projects and research at BCT'.

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