Booking is now open for the South West of England Bat Conference
This update is to share our thinking about how we will have to change the way the Helpline operates, specifically around the handling of bat care related enquiries. Building on the success of the Out of Hours service (which has been running every year since it was first piloted in 2004), we will be making greater use of volunteers on the Helpline this summer.
Nature is in trouble. In the UK, almost half of our wildlife is in long term decline, 1 in 4 mammals, including several bat species, face extinction and none of our rivers or lakes are in good health. We are one of the most nature-deprived countries in the world. We need urgent action from Government. The Prime Minister has been calling on world leaders to agree to stop nature’s decline by 2030. In just a few months, governments will come together to agree a global target to stop our natural world from being destroyed. But there’s no legal commitment to do the same here at home.
We just have the latest Bat Group Bulletin in this message. This has a key date for our diaries, the South West Bat Group conference, online on 17th April 2021
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 and the latest copy of the Bat Group Bulletin
The Environment Bill is due to be read in Parliament starting on 26 January so please contact your MP TODAY and urge them to attend the next stage of the Bill’s process and to make sure this Bill does everything it can to reverse nature's serious decline.
We wish all our members a batty new year, with the hope we can resume group activities at some time this year. In the meantime our advice on bat group events remains unchanged from what we published last July. In this message we have: A request for group members feedback for the Somerset Environmental Records … Continue reading Batty new year! Online courses and request for feedback from SERC
Two quick updates this month, the BCT have just sent us details of the virtual 2021 SW regional Bat Conference and the latest Bat Group Bulletin.
As we enter the time of hibernation in the bat world, just a few things to update you on this month.
If anyone missed it. the BBC2 program this week "Inside the Bat Cave" comes highly recommended.