Archive – 2018 events

Bat Group Meeting – 27 Jan 2018

Bat Group meeting about upcoming events and surveys – come along and suggest some things you’d like to do and help get them started.

  • 2 to 4pm – Great Bow Wharf, Bow Street, Langport

“Show and Tell” Bat tech meeting – Sat 31 March 2018

We have quite a few enquiries about what type of equipment to purchase from people starting out doing bat work. There is so much tech available that it can seem quite confusing.

So, we’d like to run a ‘show and tell’ session and would like to ask people from our membership to put themselves forward to do a 10 minute short talk on a piece of equipment that they use – what is good about it and what are the short comings of the equipment.

  • 2 to 4pm – Great Bow Wharf, Bow Street, Langport

AGM – Sat 28th April 2018 Great Bow Wharf, Langport

We have three wonderful speakers following a short AGM

  • 14:00-14:30 AGM
  • 14:30-15:00 Carol Williams – The latest from BCT including the grey long-eared bat project
  • 15:00-15:20 Break
  • 15:20-15:40 Claire Smith – Results from the Brue Valley Big Bat Survey
  • 15:40-16:00 Edward Wells – Can you have too much data? – 32 years and still counting…

Please remember to bring your subscriptions of £5 which goes towards our Bat Group Insurance and means that we can run lots of lovely events

Sat 5th May 2018 10am – 4pm  SWT Wildlife discovery day,

SWT Asham Wood, woodland walk and crafts. SBG members support for family activities/Bat box making

  • Email: to book.
  • Park: Downhead village, near Frome.

Mon 7th May 2018 10-5pm  Glastonbury Rural Life Museum

Wildlife Discovery Day, public event, family bat activities. Frome Bat Care stall. Members support on stall welcome. To help:

Sat 12th May 2018 8.15 pm-10pm.  Darshill, Shepton Mallet bat walk.

Bat group members support welcome to assist with Darshill community bat walk, email Adel to attend

  • Darshill car park, near Bowlish, Shepton Mallet

Taunton Park Bat Boxes – 12th May 2018

Somerset Wildlife Trust, through the Routes to the River Tone project bought and donated 20 Schwegler 2FN bat boxes to be put up in parks around Taunton.

Would anyone be able to help put them up on Saturday 12th May, between 9:30am-4pm.

  • Meet at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Offices, 34 Wellington road, Taunton. TA1 5AW


Sat 19th May 2018 8.30pm-10.30pm  Glastonbury evening Bat walk

Public event, members welcome – email Adel to attend.

  • Glastonbury Rural Life Museum.

Sat 26th May 2018 10am- 3.30pm  Bat box checks

At Westhay, Catcott SWT reserves, Shapwick Heath & Canada Farm (NE)

  • Leader: Paul Kennedy 0757 2594096
  • All day event, bring packed lunch.
  • Westhay SWT, Daggs Lane Drove ST456437/Catcott SWT ST399414

31st May 2018 – mid June  NBMP – BCT Roost count

Surveys for Lesser Horseshoe/Pipistrelle/Serotine – contact Peter Gulliver if you wish to volunteer to join a team or know a roost to count near you.

  • Details:
  • email:
  • Roosts in Somerset- join a team in your area. Contact BCT for new sites.

July  2018 NBMP – BCT Field Surveys for details and sign up. Take on your own survey transect.

  • Transects all over Somerset. Contact BCT for new transects.

Sat 28th July 2018 8.30pm- 10.45pm  Natural England Bat and moth event.

Shapwick Heath NNR,  public event, bat group support needed.

  • Leader: Paul Kennedy – email:
  • Avalon Marshes centre, Westhay, ST426 413

July -August 2018 Bat Survey evenings

Details to be decided. Harp Trapping for Bechsteins in Somerset woodlands.

  • Email – to sign up.

Tues 21st August 2018 8pm -9.30pm   Bat Walk, Wells

Bishops Palace  for Wells Natural History group. Bat group members welcome.

  • Leader: Dave Cottle – email:
  • Bishop’s Palace, Wells, BA52PD, parking in nearby market square or on Silver St.

Fri 7th Sept 2018 6.45pm –8.30pm  Frome Bat Walk

Vallis Vale, near Frome, Frome Outdoor Open Spaces Group event (FROGS). Bat group members support welcome

  • email Adel to assist, leader: Adel Avery. Email:
  • Park at Elm Lane, Egford car park, off Egford Lane, Frome BA11 3JA grid ref ST757485

Fri 15th Sept 2018 6.30pm – 8.30pm   SWT Wild Mendip Bat Walk

Vallis Vale, near Frome, Bat group members support welcome email Adel to assist,

  • leader: Adel Avery. Email:
  • Park at Elm Lane, Egford car park, off Egford Lane, Frome BA11 3JA grid ref ST757485

Saturday 29th September 2018  – Bat Box checks

  • At both Ham Wall NNR and Great Breach Wood
  • 10am to 3pm.
  • Take drinks/lunch/waterproofs.
  • Contact Paul Kennedy to join in:

Harridge Bat Box Checks  – Saturday 20th October 2018

Probably starting  in Edford before moving on to Harridge.  We regularly find a few Noctules which seem to over-winter in their box.