SBG Newsletter – early May 2019

Dear Bat Group Members,

Hope everyone’s enjoying the warmer nights and longer evenings, our local bats certainly seem to be doing so!  Lots to cover in the newsletter, so getting straight to the point:

1/ Bat Group Events

Our first events of the year are coming up, would be great to see lots of group members there:

  • Bat Box checks in Taunton  – Sat 18th May 2019
  • Avalon Marshes Bat Box checks – Sat 25th May 2019
  • Shepton Mallet Bat walk – Fri 31st May 2019

Details of how to get involved on our website: 

2/ Somerset Bat Group Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Many thanks to all those that attended and contributed!  We covered the usual AGM business of accounts, reports, electing Committee for 2019 and revising our constitution.  But we also  discussed potential plans for 2019 with potential surveys for the National Trust on Exmoor, and the Woodland Trust, perhaps on Blackdowns.

The AGM minutes can be found here:

3/ Membership

If you last paid your SBG subs in 2018, now the AGM has gone, it is time to renew your membership.   You can now do this easily online:
As Cath said recently on Facebook “it’s now so much easier to join Somerset Bat group using the online form”.

4/ Website

The eagle eyed may have noticed we have a new shorter address for the website (the old addresses still work), and as we have upgraded, it no longer has those annoying adverts!

5/ BCT Update

The BCT new Bat Groups Officer, Colin Morris’s first BCT update can be read by clicking here.  The full archive of BCT updates is here:  htps://

There is lots happening at the moment, so we’ll shortly be in touch again with details of the upcoming National Bat Monitoring Programs.

Batty regards,


Membership Secretary for Somerset Bat Group