Events coming up soon......................
December 2003/January 2004
Hibernation visits for members
Box Building Day
Talk by the English Nature Species Officer & a Police Liason Officer
Introduction to county mammal surveys that you could do!
For further information please contact Rebecca Collins.
16th - 18th April 2004
Booking is always appreciated!
We will be taking part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) over the summer months, and the more hands (eyes and ears!) the better! If you would like to view or download a summary of the NBMP click here.
Summer maternity colony counts: lesser horseshoe, natterer's, brown long-eared, serotine and pipistrelle! Anyone can take part, and you won't have to use your fingers (or toes) because we have tally counters. You just need to keep your eyes open! If you know of a roost near where you live why not count that?
In 2000 we were lucky enough to count at a roost of over 800 pipistrelles!! But don't let that daunt you, small roosts are equally important (and easier to count!). In 2002 this same roost was home to 1382 soprano pipistrelles!!
Contact Rebecca Collins for details of organised counts!
Summer bat detector field surveys: daubenton's and noctule/serotine/pipistrelle. These are more involved, a transect being allocated by the NBMP and (at least) one bat detector is needed. If you have not taken part in a survey before it is advisable to accompany someone who has first. For safety reasons a minimum of two people should undertake each survey which also makes it easier!
Winter Hibernacula surveys: this is for a number of species, and something we are hoping to expand on. The main problem is that not many hibernation sites are known. They usually hibernate in sites such as caves, tunnels and cellars where the conditions are constantly cool, humid and undisturbed. They may also be found tucked into mortice joints of roof timbers, within wall cavities and the like. Keep your eyes peeled - these sites are extremely important so the more we know about the better!
In January 2003 a hibernacula in a cellar was found to home 99 lesser horseshoe!
Projects throughout the county are being developed.
We would like to put in an appearance at some local shows. These will be announced nearer the time.
See details of some of the stals we have held in the Chiropteran Chronicle.
I am happy to give talks, slide presentations and so on to any groups that are interested. I have visited a wide variety of groups including cub scouts, nature trust groups, WI and Probus clubs.
For further information or suggestions, sites etc. please use the form.
© Rebecca Collins, 1999