Created January 2012
Last updated July 18th 2012
The bat group holds a number of events for members. We try to make these as enjoyable as possible
This page lists the events organised for bat group members. Some of these re open to non members.. It would be helpful if you can let us know if you are planning to attend so we can ensure their is sufficient cake available.
June 12th- (postponed due to weather)
Book with Danny
Bat Box Project. Members only
We’ll canvas those who expressed interest to select the dates which are more convenient.
As there are fifty boxes to check , this will take all day
- Various dates throughout the season,. See newsgroup for details.. These m ay involve difficult terrain check with organisers.
Bechstein’s survey Members only
We’re going to be helping Bristol University Msc student Lia Gilmour look for Bechstein’s Bat in Bedfordshire woods , using the protocol devised during the Bat Conservation Trust’s Bechstein’s Project. Thus means we will have a chance to play with harp traps and Autobats which play bat calls to lure the Bechstein’s in. We will be helped out by members of the North Bucks Group who were so spectacularly successful when they went looking for Bechstein’s. Hope their luck rubs off on us.
Dates for phase 2- Fri 2nd June and Saturday 23rd June. Contact Bob for details
Dates for phase 3- 29th August until 2nd Sept. Contact Bob fr details
Sunday August 19th at Harlington 1.30pm onwards. Members only.
This event has now been fixed. Toby will talk about his undergraduate research project on Social Interaction by bats at Finemere Wood. This is a longer version of the talk he is giving at the National Bat Conference in September
Given the dismal weather ths summer, we have a plan B which willi nvolve eating inside
The photoshop creation was what greeted me when I googled ” bat barbeque.” How could I resist using it?
NB no bats will be harmed at our event.
In the pipeline
Friday 6th July – Chauffeured Punting on the Cam with Jonathan Durwardd to look at bats. Contact Jude and Jonathan to reserve a place. This will cost £15 a head ( 50% of his goes to the Wildlife Trust) Postponed. We may be able to rearrange this if the weather improves
Been and gone
An introduction to Bats: Bob Cornes Thursday January 19th, 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Stable, Haynes Church End (TL081411)
This illustrated talk is aimed at people who want to get a grounding in bats. If you are a new member of the group this will be a good way to get to know about our local bats. It will also serve as a session for those of you who are training for (or thinking of training for) your Roost Visitors’ or Survey & Monitoring Licence.
Open to non members
“The National Bat Monitoring Programme” Philip Briggs, Bat Conservation Trust
15th February, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Stable, Haynes Church End (TL081411)
The National Bat Monitoring Programme track changes in bat populations. Monitoring bats is essential as over the last 60 years it would seem that many of our bat species have declined dramatically.
Since 1996 more than 3,000 volunteers have taken part in surveys at over 5,800 roost or field sites around the UK. The data collected have already indicated population changes in some species but surveying needs to continue for many more years in order to ascertain whether these are long-term trends or simply short-term fluctuations.
This is your chance to see what happens to the information people collect and its importance , and maybe it will encourage even more of you to take part this year. Open to non members
Monday 29th February. Ampthill Baptist Church 7.30pm Committee meeting
Annual General Meeting
Speaker Antony Mould Bats in Australia and the Philippines Friday 13th April, 7.30pm at the Mission Hall, Haynes (TL099419)
This will take the usual format. A very quick session dealing with the business part of the meeting , a pause for refreshments and the selling of raffle tickets (donations for the raffle will be most gratefully received as will help with refreshments) and then onto the main event.
Those of you involved in working with Natural England will know Antony was, until the latest reshuffling of jobs, he was the man to go to if there were queries over bat calls. Antony is a long standing member of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group and is one of their most experienced bat carers. In 2011 he took a sixth month sabbatical to travel south. Prepare to be jealous -very jealous.
Open to members and their guests.
Eastern Region Bat Conference organised by the Bat Conservation Trust 14 April 2012 Ickworth House
This is the second Eastern Region conference and if it is as good as the last one it will e well worth attending. We are waiting for details to be announced and you will need to book direct with the Bat Conservation Trust.
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Sonogram analysis course. 10.30-1pm
Change of Venue – now being held at Randalls Farm. Participants have been informed. Contact Bob if you need directions
Bob will be using Audacity, a newish open source free piece of software. Aidan will give some input on using Anabat
If interested please contact Bob You will need to bring a laptop with you. Participants will be given handouts and a reference disc of bat calls to help them in the future. Bob is an experienced sonogram analyser and has helped with sonogram workshops at the Nation Bat Conference on several occasions. Members only
Visit to John Adams’ common pipistrelle ro0st 23rd May 2012 . Members only.
Our annual visit to John Adam’s common pipisrtelle roost. Members must book, see April newsletter for details
This is primarily a visit for members of the Bat Group training for licences, but other members were welcome to come along, watch the bats emerging from the house, avoiding the carefully placed hand nets, and eating cake.You should have a chance to see bats in the hand. Last year we captured a male lurking in the roost with evil intent.
Read more about the gent on the left. 2011-6-pipistrelle roost.
Read more about the roost 2009Adams roost