Radio Tracking debrief. Lots of Bat events coming up – 3Aug22

In this message we have:

  • Update on our Bechstein’s Radio Tracking
  • Our large public event, the Big Bat Count Taunton is go.
  • Details of lots of upcoming bat group events
  • Can you help us with … requests for bat talks?
  • Bat Workers Forum 2022 – Bookings Now Open
  • Pete Guest Award 2022 – Voting
  • The latest Bat Group Bulletin

Bechstein’s Radio Tracking Update

Brief update from Paul:

  • Two Bechstein’s bats tagged,
  • A new roost tree found,
  • Tired volunteers,
  • New species record for the woodland too, (greater horseshoe)

Lots of photos from the nights on our Facebook Group


BIG BAT COUNT TAUNTON

Tickets are selling fast for our part of the Great Somerset Wildlife Count, on 26th August.

All the info is on the Wildlife Trust website:

Lots of help from bat group members would be very welcome. Contact us, if you would like to help out on the night

If you are part of a community group, or just a group of local friends, then we can put on a Big Bat Count for you:


Upcoming bat group events

We seem to be busier than ever over the coming month, lots of events planned:

  • Sat 13th Aug 2022 – Big Bat Count – Castle Cary
  • Thurs 18th Aug 2022 – Big Bat Count – Wiveliscombe
  • Tues 23rd August 2022 – Wells SWT Bat Walk
  • Weds 24rd August 2022 – Wells SWT Bat Walk
  • Fri 26th Aug 2022 – Big Bat Count Taunton – Our big public event. Lots of help from group members would be very welcome. 
  • Tues 30th Aug 2022 – Big Bat Count – Kingsdon
  • Sat 10th Sept 2021 – Shepton Mallet Bat Walk
  • Sat 17th Sept 2021 – Frome Bat Walk, and bat box making workshop beforehand.

More details of all events are on our website: https://somersetbat.group/events/upcoming/

Help from bat group members would be very welcome at all these events,  contact us, if you would like to help out.


Can you help us with …?

This month we have had a couple of requests for Bat talks over the winter. If anyone fancies helping us out with these (there is a template bat talk presentation on our website), then get in contact and we will pass on the details:

  • Bicknoller Women’s Institute – 2nd Thursday of each month, possibly April 2023 at Bicknoller Village Hall.
  • Cam Valley Wildlife Group – Paulton near Radstock. Outside our area, so have passed this onto ABG, but I know we overlap in members, so sending this request out as well.

Bat Workers Forum 2022 – Bookings Now Open

The 2022 Bat Workers Forum (BWF) will be taking place at 7pm on Tuesday 13th September via Zoom.

Please see this link for the draft agenda for 2022 and the minutes from the 2021 meeting. A final edition of the agenda will be circulated before the Forum. For more information about the Bat Workers Forum and the terms of reference please see: https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/conferences-symposia/national-bat-conference/bat-workers-forum.

If you would like to attend, please book via https://bit.ly/3aaQgB4 (you can find this link on the above webpage also). During booking there is an opportunity to share any issue you’d like to raise. This question will be removed from the booking form on 30th August to give time to gather responses to present at the Forum.


Pete Guest Award 2022 – Voting

Voting for the Pete Guest Award has opened. You can find out about this year’s nominees through the support statements document here: https://bit.ly/3ONUTjS. You can then vote for your chosen winner through this form: https://bit.ly/3QMZl3A. All these links and further details of the award can be seen at https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/awards/pete-guest-award.

Voting closes at 9am on 30th August. The winner will be announced during the Forum.


Bat Group Bulletin

The latest edition includes an update about a new EBLV-1 Case in Dorset.