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.
At our meeting on Thursday 30th March at Swanwick Lakes, our Recorder, Nik Knight, will give a presentation on "Hampshire's Bat Records and what they can tell us".
"Investigating the impact of artificial light, sound and magnetic fields on UK bat species".
At our meeting on Thursday 23rd February we will be hearing about the research by Jack Merrifield and Jenny Abery of the University of Southampton on the effects of human light, noise and magnetic field pollution on bats in urban environments. What counts as disturbance is not well defined making it arguably difficult for ecological consultants and site developers to prevent human-bat conflict in areas experiencing urban growth.
Location: Swanwick Lakes Study Centre, Open for refreshments from 19.00, presentation starts 19.30.
Our next indoor meeting will be on Thursday 23rd February, when Jack Merrifield and Jenny Abery will tell us about their research at the University of Southampton on the effects of light and noise pollution on bats.
A happy New Year to all our members and friends!
The first Hampshire Bat Group event of 2017 will be one of our regular hibernation surveys. These surveys are for members only and places are limited. The hibernation surveys are organised by Jim Park. Please email me for further information. Nik Knight – recordshantsbats (at) gmail.com
All our members and their friends are very welcome at our Christmas Social meeting at Swanwick Lakes on Thursday 8th December, starting at 7 pm. Please let us know if you are coming. We are intending to build on the bat crafts theme that we enjoyed so much last year. In addition to a wide range of fun activities, including bat box construction, we are planning to have a raffle, so please bring raffle prizes if you can. Entrance as usual will be free, but please bring contributions of food to share. Ideally let us know in advance what food you might be bringing so that we can balance up the contributions.
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At our meeting on Thursday 24th November our guest will be Pete Charleston, the Investigations Officer of the Bat Conservation Trust, who will give us a presentation on Wildlife Crime, with particular emphasis on bats. Ensuring that the conservation legislation is enforced is a very important part of our national bat conservation effort and Pete has been directly involved in landmark court cases.
Don't forget that our Christmas Social meeting will be on Thursday 8th December. To help with our planning, please let us know if you will be attending and please contribute some finger food. We welcome your suggestions of the activities you would like to see happening and what you could contribute.
The deadline for submission of items for the next newsletter is 1 November. Please send to Chris Pawling.
Don't forget that the first indoor meeting of our 2016/17 season will be on Thursday 27th October at Swanwick Lakes Study Centre from 7 pm. After the welcome drinks, there will be a programme of short presentations on topics ranging from research on pollination by bats in Mexico to what goes on after dark in our members' back gardens. There will be lots of news about what we have all been doing over the summer and our plans for the future. Looking forward to seeing you there.
We hope to hear all your news at our member’s meeting on Thursday 27th October at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre and in the next edition of our newsletter ‘Bat Droppings’. Please volunteer to give us brief presentations at that meeting – let me know what you could do. There are already some fascinating items in preparation.
Other meetings to look forward to this season are the presentation on Wildlife Crime by the BCT’s Investigation Officer (24th Nov) and our Christmas social on 8th Dec.
We very much welcome suggestions from our members about our activities. We will be holding a committee meeting on Thursday 13th October, so please let us know if there is something that you feel we should be discussing.
Keep an eye on this section our website for announcements about all our activities.