Events Programme – Gloucestershire Bat Group

Events Programme

Throughout the year a number of interesting talks are held within Standish Village Hall, near Gloucester (Location and directions). Typically, 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.

[Covid Update – Since 2020 we have been holding talks for the membership online via Zoom. Details of each talk are sent ahead of the meeting so that you can join in.]

If you would like to request a bat talk or walk for your group or organisation please use the form on our Contact page. Talks may be given via Zoom or face-to-face depending on the Covid regulations at the time and individual preferences of those involved.

For details on summer/winter surveys please look at our Activities page.



31 January 2024- 19:30.  Surveying trees for bats; a new approach.

Since the commencement of the Bat Tree Habitat Key project, our knowledge of tree roosting bats has increased dramatically. Despite this, standard tree surveys yield poor results (the probability of finding bats on a single visit may be as low as 5%). What can be done to improve prospects for bat surveyor and bats alike?

Jim will share further findings from his ongoing research which aims to improve how we survey for bats in trees. Can off-the-shelf trail cameras give us the advantage we need? What information can these cameras give us? And who would win in a fight between a noctule and a grey squirrel? For the answer to these questions, and many more, come along and find out.

Jim is an ecologist and arboriculturist, with particular interests in veteran trees and bats. Current research interests include improving how trees are surveyed for bats. Alongside running Bats Research & Training, Jim is also a senior bat conservation officer for the Vincent Wildlife Trust.



**Underground Section: UPDATE- October 2022**









After 2 years with virtually no surveys as a result of Covid restrictions, I expect to be able to run a full programme of hibernation visits this winter (assuming there are no further lockdowns). To this end, I recently held a very useful meeting with the officers of FoDCCAG (the Forest of Dean Cave Conservation and Access Group) to discuss ongoing co-operation between the Underground Section and the caving clubs to ensure that all the bat sites can be monitored. Some of the sites have traditionally been done by the caving clubs as they require a level of technical expertise which the Underground Section does not have. A ropes/ladders course was recently held to train Underground Section members to be able to access these sites. This was attended by 6 people. It should now be possible for these people to visit the more difficult sites, along with members of the caving clubs. We are also looking at bringing back some of the sites which have not been done for several years, including the various railway tunnels, so there should be sites available for all levels of experience. I need to finalise the provisional visits list and will then be circulating this when the renewals take place in December, when I will as usual be asking people to indicate which visits they are available for.

Brian Phillips

Photos: Ivi Szaboova


Examples of previous talks:

30 March 2023 – AGM – Following a brief segment for AGM business, we’ll hear a talk from BCT on The Diversity of Bats: an exploration of form and function. The talk will be on Zoom and will start about 7pm, but we’ll send more information and a joining link via email nearer the time.

15 February 2023 “The Big Bat Year: A Conservation StoryNils Bouillard

Tuesday 6th September 2022 “Noctule/Daubenton’s bat Cohabitation” Morgan Hughes and Scott Brown

Wednesday 10 November 2021 “Goodbye Mr Hitler and thanks for all the tunnels – Monitoring bats in the Nietoperek SAC in Western Poland” by Dr Johnny Birks

Monday 13 January 2020 Surveying trees for bats; can we do better? Jim Mullholland.

Tuesday 15 October 2019 Bat Sex. Matthew Terry.

Tuesday 12 March 2019 AGM and talk by Lisa Worledge of the Bat Conservation Trust on bat evolution.

Thursday 22 November 2018 Rewilding, and implications for bats in the UK. Dr David Bullock.

Monday 12 February 2018  Lesser Horseshoe Bats at Sherborne.  Nick Downs.

Tuesday 9 January 2018  Pine Marten reintroductions to Gloucestershire. Andrew Stringer.