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Members' Evening Review - March 27th

posted 3 Apr 2012, 13:42 by Mark Rose

Despite the beautiful spring weather, about twenty of us gathered at Swanwick for another members’ evening on March 27th.  There were some lively discussions on our new projects!



  • Nik Knight chaired a group discussing National Bat Monitoring Group sites and people who already ‘own’ sites were able to be paired up with those who don’t – but would like to learn. There are still many unadopted sites in Hampshire so we hope this will be an effective way of training folk up to eventually take on one of these sites. So far 6 new volunteers are looking for experience and in some cases, NBMP sites of their own. 8 existing surveyor/pairs of surveyors have offered training opportunities, representing 15 different surveys .If anyone who was not there is interested in doing this (either as ‘teacher’ or ‘learner’) please contact Nik at


  • Matt Clarke chaired a group to discuss the development of a Bat Atlas for the county. The main priority would be to identify where the geographical gaps are in our records (e.g. parts of north Hampshire are quite sparse) and then invite members to help survey those areas for particular species. There may be some overlap with the churches project as these may form the focus of initial surveys, which could then potentially be expanded to the surrounding area. If anyone is interested in helping to survey in underrepresented areas, please contact Matt on


  • Vicki Russell led a group to discuss the way forward on churches in Hampshire. Volunteers are beginning to form small groups in particular areas and during the summer we hope to make a start on daytime and/or evening survey work. For example, there will be a group in the north centred we hope on Overton and surrounding parishes. If you would like to survey your own local church or churches, please contact Vicki on



  • The raffle raised about £35 for bat group funds!



  • Jim Park gave an excellent talk on HBG’s hibernation surveys, centred on Privett Tunnel, West Meon Tunnel and Northington Grange.  This year in Privett there were 116 Natterer’s, 2 brown long eared and I Whiskered/Brandts. In the shorter and drier West Meon there were six Natterer’s. And in Northington (a semi derelict Georgina mansion which we were asked to check by the owners, English Heritage) there were 3 pipistrelles and 2 Natterer’s. Thanks go to everyone who helped with these surveys.



  • Finally, I was delighted to be able to launch our new, greatly improved website, thanks to the sterling work of our webmaster, Mark Rose. If you are reading this, you have found it!  The old site still exists but has a re-direct to this one.
  •  If you have any comments on the website or suggestions for what to include, please contact Mark at