The group runs a program of public events throughout the year, at which members of the public are very welcome. These take the form of a winter talk program and a summer walk program. We also run a wider program of events for bat group members. Information on how to join is on the contact page.
Indoor Talks and Events
Throughout the year a number of interesting talks are held within Standish Village Hall, near Gloucester. (Location and directions).
You can also find information here about other bat-related events run in the area, in association with the Bat Group.
All events are held at the Village Hall unless otherwise stated. Please arrive at 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Tea and refreshments are provided: we ask a £2 charge per attendee to cover costs.
Thursday 22 November 2018 "What is rewilding and what does it mean for bats in the UK?' David Bullock will be our guest speaker at the November bat group meeting to discuss the concept of rewildin. He will ask: 1. What bat species were present in mid Holocene Britain, some 6000 years ago in what is called the wildwood, what species are present now and what species are projected be in the UK before the end of the century?
2. What impact could rewilding schemes have on our bats, some of which are totally reliant upon human intervention and infrastructure, and all of which may be affected by interactions with newly reinstated species that have not happened for decades or centuries?
Tuesday 6 March 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Please come along to the AGM to hear about work done to date and our plans for the year ahead. There are also vacancies on the committee. Come and have your say. The business will be followed by an interesting and no-doubt inspiring talk on the distribution and recording of Gloucestershire's bats, to be given by our very own David Wells.
Monday 12 February 2018 Lesser Horseshoe Bats at Sherborne Nick Downs will deliver a talk to GBG about the 2004 radio-tracking study of lesser horseshoes at the Sherborne Estate.The talk will describe the results of a lesser horseshoe bat radio-tracking study, carried out in 2004 at the National Trust Sherborne Estate near Cirencester which was aimed at producing an estate-wide species conservation management plan.
Tuesday 9 January 2018 Pine Marten reintroductions to Gloucestershire Andrew Stringer will deliver a talk about the potential reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean and lower Wye Valley which is being investigated by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Vincent Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission. The talk will cover all aspects of pine marten biology, how they may affect local ecosystems, and the impacts and opportunities they may provide for people living alongside them. This will be a good chance to find out about the project and ask any questions.
Thursday 5 October 2017 Sniffing Out Bats Carline van Vliet from Worcester Dogs will give a talk on 5th October about their sniffer dogs which are trained to find bat carcasses (one of the dogs will be at the talk). The dogs have gone operational this summer so there should be lots of good footage and field experience to share with us.Hope to see you there!
Summer Outdoor Events
Currently there are several interesting schemes to be involved with including bat box checks and emergence counts. These are good opportunities to learn about bats and gain surveying experience. All members on the mailing list will be informed of upcoming events throughout the summer.
All bat work contains some element of risk. Please see here for a copy of the general risk assessment for bat box checks. Event leaders will circulate site-specific risk assessments to attendees prior to the date but please contact the bat group/event leader if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are not yet a member but would like to be involved, please see the Contact Us page for details on how to join.
Underground Section Membership
During the winter months, members of the Underground Section visit a number of cave and tunnel systems within the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds areas to identify and count our hibernating bats. This is a good opportunity to learn about the rare lesser and greater horseshoe bats. Our risk assessment for underground visits can be found here.
National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP)
Every year the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) runs a series of national bat surveys for volunteers as a means of monitoring changes in our bat populations. The surveys suit a range of experience levels with the opportunity for training. The surveys also provide a valuable source of bat records. Further information on how to get involved, as well as some training resources, are available on the BCT website.