In this message we have:
- An update on the local EBLV1 positive serotine from Somerset
- Details of a series of online workshops from the Bats in Churches project.
- The latest copy of the Bat Group Bulletin
Somerset EBLV1 serotine update
Our groups bat care coordinator India Long has updated us on the Serotine:
“The bat was found in a road north west of Taunton unable to fly on 9th December 2020. Luckily the finder did not touch the bat. I have collected other species from this area, mostly sop.pips and daubs but not had a serotine from this location before. The bat was female and looked young and in good condition (apart from the rabies).
This is the first EBLV positive bat I’ve had from Somerset, but had another EBLV1 positive serotine from north Dorset in August too which was found a fair distance from the other confirmed cases in Dorset which have all been localised around Poole. This one was closer to the Somerset border.”
Bats in Churches Workshops
The Bats in Churches project is running a series of free online 90-minute workshops on 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd February at 7pm.
- The first is for anyone looking to create public facing interpretation materials for their group; examples include information boards, posters and leaflets.
- The second session will cover running and planning a successful community event including pricing, paperwork and practicalities.
- The third event will cover best practice for running tours, talks and guided walks.
- The final event will offer tips on recruiting and working with volunteers.
The events are open to all so please do share widely with anyone you think might benefit from them. Book here: https://batsinchurches.org.uk/get-involved/events/