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Winter Bat Survey

posted 30 Oct 2020, 08:24 by N K   [ updated 30 Oct 2020, 08:54 ]

  What do bats get up to between November and March?  They are not hibernating continuously.  We are launching a winter bat activity survey and hope that all our members will be able to take part.  Just go outside with your detector on mild, dry evenings and let us know what you discover.  Sadly we will not be able to carry out any of our usual hibernation surveys this winter, but that is no reason for us not to enjoy gathering information about our bats.  For more details, contact our County Recorder at recordshantsbats(at)

Our meetings 2020 to 2021

posted 26 Sept 2020, 12:35 by N K

  Sadly, the continuing pandemic has caused us to cancel all the meetings that we had planned for the remainder of this year. We have made provisional bookings of the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre for Tuesdays 23rd February, 23rd March and 13th April 2021 in the hope that we will be able to meet then.

BatFest 2020

posted 16 Aug 2020, 02:48 by N K   [ updated 16 Aug 2020, 02:49 ]

Sign up for BatFest, which runs from 29th August to 30th September.  This feast of online events and activities is organised by the Bat Conservation Trust and includes the National Bat Conference plus many other features.  Celebrate these remarkable animals with bat enthusiasts worldwide!  All the details are on the BCT's website Events page.

Gilbert White 300

posted 12 Jul 2020, 03:52 by N K   [ updated 12 Jul 2020, 03:54 ]

Celebrate Gilbert White's 300th birthday on 18th July with online events. See:   Rev. Gilbert White of Selborne was the first to describe the noctule bat and may have cared for a brown long-eared.

Bat Skills Workshops

posted 19 May 2020, 02:10 by N K

The Bat Conservation Trust is offering a series of bat skills online workshops in the next few days.  There will be an introductory bat detector workshop on Wednesday 20th May and a Big Bat Skills Event on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May.  All the details are on the BCT's website, where you can sign up for as many workshops as you like.  Topics include bat survey techniques (including for trees, buildings and hibernation sites), bat identification (both visual and from echolocation), bat care for beginners and batty crafts, all presented by national experts.

Coronavirus Cancellations

posted 14 Mar 2020, 02:54 by N K   [ updated 23 Apr 2020, 07:25 ]

We regret to announce that our committee has decided to cancel our indoor meetings for the foreseeable future owing to the Covid-19 infection risk.  So there will be no meetings on Tuesdays 24th March and 21st April.  We are hoping to re-schedule the presentations by Adrian Bicker and Ani Binet in our next season.  Furthermore, all our bat surveys, presentations and appearances at public events have been cancelled until further notice.

Horseshoe Bat Mitigation

posted 15 Jan 2020, 14:24 by N K   [ updated 15 Jan 2020, 14:33 ]

At our meeting on Thursday 13th February, the speaker will be Colin Morris, the BCT's Bat Groups Officer. His title is: "My Mistress - 35 years of horseshoe bat conservation". Having worked with horseshoe bats since the 1980s, Colin has built up a wealth of knowledge on the two UK species; particularly when it comes to improving roosting habitat. Come along and hear about the trials and tribulations, the success and the failures at some of the sites he has been involved with.  Further meetings this year will include Tuesday 24th March (Adrian Bicker speaking about his Nathusius' pipistrelle migration research and the use of AudioMoth static detectors) and Tuesday 21st April (AGM and talk by Ani Binet on 'Batting in the Channel').  After our summer break, indoor meetings will resume on Thursday 22nd October, with another meeting on Thursday 26th November and our Christmas social on Thursday 10th December.

Happy Christmas!

posted 13 Dec 2019, 08:40 by N K

Happy Christmas and a prosperous the New Year to you all!  Our meetings will resume in January and February with the regular hibernation surveys. Please ask Ruth, our membership secretary, or Jim Park for details.  After that, we will have Colin Morris, the Bat Groups Officer of the Bat Conservation Trust, giving us a presentation about horseshoe bat mitigation.  That will be on Thursday 13th February at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre.

Christmas Social 2019

posted 1 Dec 2019, 11:32 by N K   [ updated 1 Dec 2019, 11:33 ]

 The Christmas Social meeting of the Hampshire Bat Group will take place on Thursday 12th 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.  Meanwhile, our series of hibernation surveys starts this month - ask Ruth or Jim for details.

Members' talks

posted 1 Nov 2019, 08:25 by N K   [ updated 12 Nov 2019, 14:42 ]

Our next indoor meeting will be on the evening of Thursday 28th November at Swanwick Lakes. Several of our members will be giving presentations, including Ian Baker showing his latest thermal imaging videos, Rozel Hopkins on her research into artificial lighting on Southampton Common and Steve Page on 'Bats - how do they do that?'

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