Hi bat group members,
The busy time of year is coming up, and in this newsletter, we have lots of opportunities to get involved in surveys, an exciting request for help from the National Trust in Exmoor, and the latest edition of the Bat Monitoring Post from the BCT (copied below)
1. Sunrise Sunset Surveys
Anyone can take part in these, and everyone is encouraged to! Taking part in the Sunset-Sunrise Survey couldn’t be simpler, you don’t need any equipment or experience and you may not even need to leave your back garden!
More info: https://somersetbat.group/bats/nbmp/
2. Roost emergence counts
Many bat group members will be out during June to count the numbers of bats emerging from known roosts for the National Bat Monitoring Program (NBMP).There are lots of opportunities to get involved during June
- Help out at an existing roost survey – Details: https://somersetbat.group/bats/nbmp/roost/
- If you have some experience then why not count a new roost, or take on a dormant one
- If you are a existing roost surveyor and would like some help, let us know, and we’ll add your (anonymised) roost to the list, and you can post a request for help on our Facebook group.
If you have any questions then please contact Pete Gulliver our NBMP Champion.
3. Bat Survey – Holnicote, Exmoor
Basil Stow the National Trust Area Ranger for the Holnicote estate on Exmoor, has been in touch to ask for bat group members help with an exciting bat survey between June and September. Full details of how to get involved are here.
June is THE month for emergence counts, and we’ll be back in touch about the Field Surveys during July shortly.
NBMP Champion, Somerset Bat Group
Welcome to the April edition of the Bat Monitoring Post!
- Sunset/Sunrise Survey
- Preparing for the Roost Count
- Bat Roost Webcam – Essex Wildlife Trust
- Available Field Survey and Waterway Survey Sites
- Bat Detector Workshops
- Eavesdropping behaviour of bats
- More dates for your diary
Preparing for the Roost Count
Bat Roost Webcam – Essex Wildlife Trust
Available Field Survey and Waterway Survey Sites
Bat Detector Workshops
Eavesdropping behaviour of bats
More dates for your diary
- 11-12 May 2019 – Wales Bat Worker’s Weekend. Venue – Glyndwr University, Wrexham. For more details or to book your place click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 21 May 2019 – Lighting Symposium. Venue – Arup’s offices, London. For more details or to click here.
- 6 September 2019 – Conservation and Technology Conference. Venue – University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. For more details or to book your place click here.
- 6-8 September 2019 – National Bat Conference. Venue – University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. For more details or to book your place click here.
- 9 November 2019 – *SAVE THE DATE* Scottish Bat Worker’s Conference. For more information click here or email email@example.com.
- Multiple dates – NBMP bat detector workshops. Nationwide. These are designed to train new or inexperienced volunteers to use bat detectors and complete NBMP surveys. Click here for more info.
- 16 & 17 May 2019 – Surveying for bats – Nettlecombe Court, Somerset. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to plan professional bat surveys, as well as developing practical survey skills and field sign identification. Click here for more info.
- 21-23 August 2019 – Advanced Bat Survey Techniques. Over three days and two nights, attendees will be given theoretical and practical experiences of acoustic lures, harp traps, mist nets and radio tracking. Click here for more info.
The Bat Monitoring Post Archive