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 2 March 2017 BAT GROUP AGM!! Time for the Annual General Meeting. There will be a short business section to run through the activities of the group so far and plans for the 2017 season, as well as a brief AGM for the Underground Section. BCT's Lisa Worledge will then present an illustrated talk on The Status of UK Bats. As ever there will be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits! All members and friends welcome (although only members will be able to vote).
Monday 6 February 2017 Bats and Wind Turbines in the UK: Dr Simon Pickering. Simon has been a member of the DEFRA steering Group which oversaw the initial study carried out by Bristol University and the subsequent study carried out by Exeter University. His talk will give an insight into the development of the project, details of the methods results, mitigation measures and put these into context of research in the European mainland as well as the onshore wind industry in UK. Simon has been a professional ecologist for over 30 years, working on a range of species and projects from ablimation to albatrosses, bitterns to bats and wetland to wind turbines. He is currently principal ecologist for Ecotricity and in his spare time is Chair of the Environment Committee on Stroud District Council.
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.