In this packed bat group newsletter, we have: - It is time to check the renewal of your bat group membership for 2023/4 - Bat Box lead surveyors needed for West Somerset - You are invited to an online talk on Greater Horseshoes and modelling - We are trying to map all the bat mitigation roosts in Somerset - Come along to our AGM - Sat 22nd April at Otherly Village hall and Zoom - We need you on the bat group committee! - The South West regional bat conference is now open for bookings - The latest bat group bulletin, which includes essential updates on government policy, and a reminder about Covid-19 and bats
The Bat Group were asked by Colin Arnold, Service Manager, Planning and Development SCC to comment on these revised planning applications regarding Hanson’s Westdown Quarry: https://planning.somerset.gov.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=SCC/3795/2021 https://planning.somerset.gov.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=SCC/3836/2021/IDO https://planning.somerset.gov.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=SCC/3837/2021/IDO https://planning.somerset.gov.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=SCC/3838/2021/ROMP These comments are published on our website: https://somersetbat.group/2022/08/01/westdown-update/ They should be read alongside our previous comments, which also form part of this 1/8/22 response: https://somersetbat.group/2020/12/04/response-westdown-quarry-expansion/ https://somersetbat.group/2021/06/29/scc-westdown-consultation/ … Continue reading Bat Group response to revised proposals for Westdown Quarry – 1Aug22
To celebrate and recognise the immense contribution that Helen and Ed Wells have made to bat conservation in Somerset over many years we have nominated them for the Pete Guest Award 2021.
The Somerset Bat Group has been asked to comment on the extension to Westdown Quarry, between Shepton Mallet and Frome. The group has sent the response copied below
In this message we have lots of updates from the BCT, including important news on the effects of Covid-19, and a request for Imperial Collage for fresh bat droppings to help investigate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in animal faeces.
In this message we celebrate the nomination of our own Dave Cottle for the Pete Guest Award (we all NEED to vote, see below). Also below, is news on a provisional date for the South West Bat Conference 2021, and a urgent appeal for help from the BCT Helpline.
Hope all bat group members are keeping safe and well. A quick interim update with a urgent request for help from the BCT.
Seasonal greetings to all Bat group Members, and wishing you a very batty new year!
The bats may be moving toward hibernation, but there are still bat activities going on!
The group received a nice letter today from the CEO of the Bat Conservation Trust, to thank us for our donation to the project to create a national database of Bat ring numbers.