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INDOOR MEETINGS 

We are very grateful to the National Trust, who allow us to hold our
winter indoor meetings at Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR.

Wharf Road is off Woodbridge Road, along the southern side of the cricket ground. Go to the end of Wharf Road, through the National Trust gate on the right (if the gate is locked when you get there someone will be along soon to open it), along a roadway over speed bumps to the car park on the left. We meet in the tea-room there.   All meetings start at 8:00 pm.

18th October - AGM and usual roundup from projects

15th November - MONITORING POPULATION SIZE, STRUCTURE AND CHANGE IN BECHSTEIN’S BAT:  combined approaches using molecular and landscape ecology, Patrick Wright, Sussex University

20th December - THE BATS OF GIBRALTAR, James Shipman, Gib-Bats Project

17th January - SMART BAT DETECTORS, by Professor Kate Jones, UCL.
Can networks of new automated detectors help us understand how wildlife is being impacted by rapid environmental change?

21st February - SEROTINE BATS, James Aegerter, Animal and Plant Health Agency (exact talk title to be confirmed)

21st March – NEW UK & EUROPEAN GUIDANCE ON BATS & LIGHTING, Jo Ferguson, BCT

HIBERNATION SITE CHECKS

During the course of the winter we carry out a programme of hibernation site checks at various venues throughout the county. Surveys are done during December, January and February.
For conservation reasons places on these visits are extremely limited but please let Ross and Lynn know if you are interested in attending one.

The checks last all day with a pub lunch and comprise Westhumble chalk mine in the morning with Betchworth and Brockham limekilns in the afternoon, and finishing at Box Hill Fort. Godstone is a series of old mines that we usually do without a break.

SHOWS & DISPLAYS

Surrey Bat Group is often invited to take part in events with a wildlife or conservation theme, usually in the summer. If you can help by manning the Bat Group stand at one of them for part (or all!) of a day please
let Ross and Lynn know.

BAT SURVEYS  

The group usually undertakes a number of bat surveys each year.
Let  Lynn and Ross know if you are interested in helping out.

BAT BOX CHECKS

The group has a number of well established bat box schemes in the county and we undertake checks of these periodically in spring and autumn.

Please contact Ross or Lynn if you would like to come along. Details will be sent to those on our e-mail list.

BAT WALKS

Surrey Bat Group leads a number of bat walks each summer, often for organisations such as the National Trust. They are usually held between June and September.
Members of the public will usually need to book in advance (click on links below), and they may be charged for attendance, but bat group members with detectors are encouraged to come along and help out.

The colder weather is now with us, so no more bat walks until 2019.
Our bat walk programme will be published here as soon as available.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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