In this message we have: - Please vote for Edward and Helen Wells in the Pete Guest Award 2021 - The latest Bat Group Bulletin, which includes a opportunity to present Somersets bats to the world! - News of some bat group events restarting, including public walks at Wells Moat and Glastonbury Museum.
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.
In this message we have: - A request for help from UWE with Greater Horseshoe radio tracking in Somerset. - Could you help out your Bat group by leading some Bat Walks? - Details of changes to the National Bat Helpline
In this message we have news of: - A delay to the updated guidance to bat groups - A reminder that NE licensed bat workers need to return their annual report soon - Vacancies on the BCT Board of Trustees - An update below on 2021 membership renewals. - The latest BCT Bat group Bulletin, which includes details of the annual NBMP report
In this message we have: Details of our recent Zoom AGM, including the minutes An update below on 2021 membership renewals. The latest BCT Bat group Bulletin, which includes news that updated guidance for Bat Groups from the IUCN and BCT, may be with us as early as May.
We would like to invite all members to join us on Zoom for our 2021 AGM
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
We hope all Bat Group Members are keeping safe and well in these challenging times. With us now being set for a "bumpy" winter the advice for non essential bat group work is unfortunately likely to remain the same for some time to come. Fortunately our corner of the south west seems to be currently doing much better than other parts of the country, so there is some hope there.
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.