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. £2 members, £3 non-members. Tea and refreshments are provided:
Tuesday 12 March 2019 AGM. This is a good opportunity to find out what the Bat Group has been up to, and what it has planned. As well as a short period of 'official business' Lisa Worledge of the Bat Conservation Trust will present a talk on bat evolution.
Monday 28 October 2019Bat SexTalk by Matthew Terry, former chair of Worcestershire Bat Group about the sexual adventures of bats. Prepare to be entertained and educated! (NB not suitable for children)
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.