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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.

17 October – AGM and roundup of the year’s news/plans for 2020

21 November – Batting in the Channel Islands
Ani Binet, BCT Trustee and former Jersey bat worker

19 December - 35 years of horseshoe bat mitigation
Colin Morris, formerly of the Vincent Wildlife Trust, now BCT Bat Groups Officer

16 January – The Bats in Churches Project
Claire Boothby, BCT

20 February Establishing barriers to bats: the combined power of artificial light and sound
Jack Merrifield, Course Manager & Lecturer in Animal Behaviour Management and Welfare, Berkshire College of Agriculture

19 March – Tracking the elusive barbastelle
Ross Baker, Surrey Bat Group, and Chantal Helm, Herts and Middlesex Bat Group, compare their groups’ experiences with finding roosts of this rare species in 2019.

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.

BAT DETECTOR TRAINING EVENING

We usually run a basic training evening in the spring for those new to bat detecting. Details will be posted here once arrangements have ben made.

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.

So far, we have the following dates:
(Click Grid Ref for map)

Friday 31st May/Saturday 1st June  Grid Ref: TQ263687        SM4 5JD
MORDEN HALL PARK BIOBLITZ (National Trust)

Saturday 29th June
CHESSINGTON CONSERVATION EVENING

Saturday 6th July
BIG FOREST FIND (BIOBLITZ)
Alice Holt Forest

Saturday 27th July                        Grid Ref: SU909327         GU27 2HU
SWAN BARN FARM, HASLEMERE (National Trust)

Sunday 1st September                   Grid Ref: SU990412         GU8 4AD
WINKWORTH ARBORETUM (National Trust)

Saturday 21st September               Grid Ref: SU993503         GU1 4RR
DAPDUNE WHARF, GUILDFORD (National Trust)

26th October - 2nd November       Grid Ref: SU993503         GU1 4RR
DAPDUNE WHARF, GUILDFORD (National Trust)

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, and they may be charged for attendance, but bat group members with detectors are encouraged to come along and help out.

Bats are now moving into hibernation for the winter, so we have no more bat walks this year. The 2020 programme of walks will be published here in the spring, as soon as dates are finalised.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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