On 1st July 2020, the Bat Group made the following update on future events:
- We will be carrying out some acoustic surveys on an individual or small group basis this summer 2020. This includes the NBMP Field and Waterways Surveys and possibly Landscape surveys. These will be done according to the guidance issued by the BCT.
- As none of the bat groups work can be considered “essential”, we will not be carrying out any events that involve possible contact with bats. This includes, bat box checks, trapping, internal roost or cave visits. This is in line with DEFRA’s guidance to the BCT, which is guided by the IUCN advice, that there is a “credible risk” of human to bat Covid-19 transmission. This is likely to be the situation for the foreseeable future.
(Note: Bat Care has separate guidance, and may continue.)
- We will not be holding any public events this year. This includes bat walks, talks, advice or training events. This is due to the uncertainty of what restrictions will be in place over the coming months, and also because many of the groups key organisers have reasons to remain shielded.
29/5/20 – BCT have issued updated advice regarding which NBMP surveys can be undertaken this year, more details here.
For many years, lots of group members have collected and contributed data to these national monitoring programs run by the BCT. Each survey site is allocated to a experienced bat worker, and in many cases they need lots of help. Hence there any many opportunities learn more while doing you bit to help bat conservation.
The surveys happen at the same time every year, so watch out for the emails and facebook messages nearer the time for details of when, where and who the lead contact is:
- Sunset emergent counts at roosts across Somerset – more details
- Monitoring noctule, serotine, common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle.
- Two 1km recording walks, starting 20mins after sunset. – more details
- Monitoring barbastelles at sites designated as Special Areas of Conservation.
- One hour recording transects in mature broadleaved Somerset woodlands.
- Monitoring activity of Daubenton’s bats along Somersets waterways.
- Two waterside recording walks, starting 40mins after sunset – more details
Wells Bat Walk – Tues 25th August and Tues 1st Sept 2020 – POSTPONED
Dave’s hugely popular walk for Wells and Mendip SWT group, round Bishop’s Palace, Wells. Public event, but due to the huge numbers attending bat group support welcome. email leader if coming to help. Due to the numbers split over 2 nights this year.
- Approx. 8 to 10pm Meet: by gatehouse over moat.
- Leader: Dave Cottle (01749 674257)
- Bishop’s Palace, Wells, BA5 2PD, parking nearby Market Square or Silver St.
Frome Bat Walk – Sat in early September 2020 -POSTPONED
Another popular public walk this time lead by Adel for Frome Outdoor Open Spaces Group event at Welshmill Park, Frome. Bat group members support welcome, please email Adel if attending. £2 pp. (non members)
- 7pm for 7:15 start, to 9 pm ish
- Leader: Adel Avery
- Meet: Cheese and Grain Car Park by Canoe Club in Frome.
Bat Box checks Taunton – Sat 5th Sept 2020 – cancelled
Checking the boxes in Comeytrowe Park and Longrun Meadow, Taunton. Contact
- Contact Cath Shellswell if attending
- Starting at Comeytrowe 10am, continuing to Longrun Meadow finish approx 1PM
Bat Box Checks – Saturday in October 2020 – cancelled
Great Breach Wood for the morning visit. For the afternoon we’ll visit Ham Wall/Loxton’s Plot Expect to see some Soprano pips, plus random bonus other species if we’re really lucky. And a nice walk through the trees!
- Contact Leader: Paul Kennedy 0757 2594096
Bat ID training course – Sat 21st Nov 2020 – POSTPONED
Come meet Dave’s extensive collection of mummified Bats! Afternoon training course, looking at how to identify bat species.
- Cost £5 – further details, and booking form to follow nearer date
- Trainer – Dave Cottle. Tea and Cake
- 1:30 to 4 PM – Othery Village Hall, Fore Street, Othery, Bridgwater TA7 0QS
Harridge Bat Box Checks – Saturday in late 2020 (tbc)– cancelled
Probably starting in Edford before moving on to Harridge. We regularly find a few Noctules which seem to over-winter in their box.