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Nathusius' pipistrelle migration presentation

posted 24 Feb 2021, 02:33 by N K   [ updated 24 Feb 2021, 02:34 ]

  Adrian Bicker will give us a presentation on his research into the migration of Nathusius' pipistrelles and his use of AudioMoth static detectors. This will be an online presentation via Zoom, on the evening of Tuesday 23rd March. All our members will receive an invitation by email.

Zoom Meeting 23rd February

posted 10 Feb 2021, 07:31 by N K

  We will be holding an online members' meeting in the evening of Tuesday 23rd February, when Ali Binet and Liz Walsh will give us a presentation on 'Channel Islands Bats'. All our members will receive a Zoom invitation.

Hampshire Bat Group meetings move online

posted 3 Feb 2021, 08:41 by N K

  As we remain unable to hold our members' meetings in person, we have decided to hold our next three meetings online using Zoom. These are scheduled for Tuesdays 23rd February, 23rd March and 13th April. Please look out for more announcements and emails from our Membership Secretary.

North Hampshire Bat Box Project

posted 16 Jan 2021, 07:27 by N K   [ updated 16 Jan 2021, 07:32 ]

  This has got off to a very good start, with sites for the first bat boxes being surveyed and the initial batch of woodcrete boxes received.  We are most grateful to the North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund for a generous grant towards the project.  For full details, see our Projects page - What we do/HBG Projects.

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.

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