Announcements

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Annual General Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2018, 10:13 AM by Hampshire Bat Group

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 Hampshire Bat Group   [ 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 Hampshire Bat Group

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 Hampshire Bat Group   [ 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'.

Winter meetings

posted Nov 29, 2017, 3:30 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 3:34 AM ]

Our Hampshire Bat Group members' Christmas social meeting will be on Thursday 14th Dec from 7 pm at Swanwick Lakes. Attractions will include a raffle, bat crafts and bat box making. Bring your own food to share. After that, the next indoor meeting will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018, when we will be hearing from Jack Merrifield and Aggie Thompson about their bat research projects in Hampshire.

Members' Meeting

posted Nov 7, 2017, 2:18 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 8:58 AM ]

At our next meeting on Thursday 23rd November there will be a series of brief presentations by some of our members describing what has been happening over the past summer. Items lined up so far include experiences manning the BCT’s bat helpline, our new static detector garden bats programme and new thermal imaging videos. Don't forget that our Christmas Social meeting will be on Thursday 14th December.

Indoor Meetings

posted Aug 22, 2017, 9:08 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

Our 2017/18 season of indoor meetings will commence on Thursday 26th October, when Ross Baker of the Surrey Bat Group will give us a presentation on "Nathusius' Pipistrelle Research in Surrey". As usual, this will start at 19.30 at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre, with refreshments available from 19.00.

Summer activities

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:03 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 9:36 AM ]

Over the summer you will find us on:

    26th June – our display will be at the Fair Oak Village Fete;

    2nd July - bat care training course at Fareham:

    7th July - leading a bat walk at the Horndean Bioblitz at Catherington;

    9th July - our display will be at the Bishop’s Waltham Countryside Day;

    12th July - leading a bat walk at Langstone;

    18th July - leading a bat walk at Emsworth;

    19th July - leading a bat walk at Selborne;

    23rd July - our display will be at the Elvetham Heath Countryside Day;

    25th to 27th July – our display will be at the New Forest Show;

    14th August - leading a bat walk at Crookhorn;

    15th August - leading a bat walk at Selborne;

    19th August – our display will be at the Denmead Village Show;

    31st August - leading a bat walk at Winchester;

    2nd September – our display will be at the Chandler’s Ford Wood Fair;

    7th September - leading a bat walk at Denmead;

    9th September – our display will be at the Romsey Show;

    12th September – leading a bat walk at Swanwick Lakes;

    13th September - leading a bat walk at Selborne;

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

    15th September - leading a bat walk at Portsmouth;

    30th September and 1st October - our display will be at Winchester Cathedral;

    29th October - our display will be at Bursledon;

    … with more to follow!

Summer Bat Surveys

posted Jun 4, 2017, 8:57 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

The survey season has started for the National Bat Monitoring Programme, which is run by the Bat Conservation Trust.  In June, we start by counting bats out of their roosts.  In July, we walk transects listening for pipistrelles, serotines and noctule bats.  August is the time for our waterways surveys, assessing the populations of Daubenton’s bats.  All these surveys will be taking place in various locations throughout Hampshire.  If new members of the Hampshire Bat Group would like to get involved, one option is to join the existing surveyors to find out what happens and gain valuable experience in bat detecting.  Once you have gained some experience, there are a number of vacant survey sites around the county.  For more information, write to me at: recordshantsbats (at) gmail.com

Meeting on 27th April

posted Mar 31, 2017, 4:57 AM by Hampshire Bat Group

On Thursday 27th April we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. Offers to join our committee will be welcomed. After the brief formal business, we will have a demonstration of a variety of types of bat detectors and sound analysis software. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to allow us to try them out in the Swanwick Lakes nature reserve. This meeting will be at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre as usual, starting with refreshments from 7 pm.

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