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.
Tuesday 09 October 2018Factors affecting GHS population changes at Woodchester Mansion.Dr Roger Ransome talks about his work with greater horseshoe bats at Woodchester.
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?
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.