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A Message from our Chairman

posted Oct 19, 2014, 3:47 AM by Mark Rose   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 11:31 AM by Hampshire Bat Group ]

Dear Hampshire Bat Group members,

I hope you have all been able to enjoy the extended summer, with lots of great bat encounters.

Our thoughts are turning to the indoor meetings and your committee has an interesting season lined up for you.

First, this Thursday 23rd October at Swanwick Lakes, we are holding our annual member’s meeting. The programme will consist of a number of short items on interesting bat experiences over the summer.  This is your meeting, so we welcome suggestions of items to include - please get in touch with me. Ideas so far include interesting roost visit case histories, stories of bats in care, reports on our New Forest research work and the annual Winchester Cathedral bat survey.

Next, on Thursday 27th November we will have an exciting presentation about the Bats and other wildlife of Hungary. Jon Stokes is an excellent photographer and speaker and, having been on one of these expeditions with him myself, I can assure you that you will learn about bat roosts and species that we can only dream about in the UK.

Shortly after that, on Saturday 29th November, the Bat Conservation Trust brings its South East Regional Bat Conference to our own county. We will be involved in helping to present this all day event at The Ark Centre. You will be receiving full details soon.

Future bat group meetings are scheduled for 26th Feb and 26th March 2015 so please add them to your diary.

We trust that you enjoyed reading the summer edition of our newsletter, ‘Bat Droppings’. If you didn’t receive one (usually by email), just let us know. Please start preparing your articles for the next edition – deadline 1st November. We want as much variety of contributions and authors as possible.

Please remember to send us details of your bat observations so that they can be added to our valuable records database. Why not try submitting them via the new ‘Living Record’ software? You will be able to find the login on the ‘Bat sightings and records’ page of our website www.hampshirebatgroup.org.uk. Alternatively, please use the spreadsheet attached to this email and send it to me.

Looking forward to enjoying your company at our meetings.

All the best,

Nik Knight

Chairman

Hampshire Bat Group

chair@bats.hampshire.org.uk

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