Big Bat Count Taunton 2022 – safety briefing

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We really hope you enjoy taking part in the Big Bat Count Taunton. Following these simple guidelines will ensure this remains a safe experience for everyone.

In case of any questions or problems contact the SBG count organiser Andy Avery on 07483 244074

A safe team

  • A team should consist of between 2 and 6 adults who already know each other.
  • Children over 5 are welcome. Each child should be accompanied by a responsible adult, to ensure all children are safe at all times.
  • Make sure all the team’s phones are fully charged.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.

On the survey

  • Always stay on land with public access; roads, footpaths, parks etc. Never enter private land.
  • Try to stay in areas you are familiar with, and avoid any dangerous spots such as railways or river banks.
  • At least one member (ideally 2) of the group to wear the supplied “BAT Survey” Hi-Vis vests
  • When walking off the footpath, on a roadway, illuminate the group with torches/phones on approaching traffic.
  • Do not leave your designated survey area, apart from travelling to and from the area
  • Finish the survey immediately if there is a heavy storm, high winds or the temperature falls below 6°c.
  • If any members of the public show an interest in what’s happening, please be friendly and explain about the Big Bat Count.
  • If concerned in any way, walk away from any threat as a group.
    • If an incident escalates, contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies, or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.
    • Have to hand the police reference number for the event; AS-20220713-0604
  • Avoid contact with animals and their droppings.
  • Each person to only hold one device, so everyone has a hand free. Head torches can be very useful.
  • Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the area & weather.
  • Abide by any local or national restrictions for infection and disease control.

At the end of the survey

  • You MUST return to the SWT HQ at the end of your survey, to confirm that all members of your team are safe, and to return the borrowed kit.
  • If you are unable to return to the central base, for whatever reason, you must contact the count organiser on the above number immediately.

After the survey

  • If your team has been walking in close proximity to long grass or bracken, ask all members of your team to check their bodies for ticks. If a tick is found and they contract flu-like symptoms, inform the doctor that you may have been exposed to Lyme’s disease.
Big Bat Count Taunton 2022

For more information please consult the SBG Risk Assessment for Big Bat Counts