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Summer activities

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:03 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 3:01 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;

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

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

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

    … 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.

Meeting on 30th March

posted Mar 10, 2017, 9:12 AM by Hampshire Bat Group

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".

Southampton bat research

posted Feb 21, 2017, 7:57 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

"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.

Next meeting

posted Jan 6, 2017, 2:09 PM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 8:29 AM ]

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.

Happy New Year!

posted Dec 29, 2016, 9:35 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 8:31 AM ]

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

Christmas Social Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2016, 1:37 PM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 3:02 AM ]

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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Wildlife Crime presentation

posted Nov 16, 2016, 3:20 AM by Hampshire Bat Group   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 3:23 AM ]

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. 

'Bat Droppings' Newsletter Contributions

posted Oct 25, 2016, 4:44 AM by Hampshire Bat Group

The deadline for submission of items for the next newsletter is 1 November.  Please send to Chris Pawling.

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