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  • Mon
    09
    Jan
    2017
    7:00 amThe Canalhouse, Canal Street Nottingham

    Join us for an informal get together from 7.00pm onwards at the Canalhouse in Nottingham City Centre.  Lots of on street parking (£1 after 6pm) nearby but if you have mobility issues we may be able to arrange parking in the private car park next to the Canalhouse.

     

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    1.00pm - 4.00pmNottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

    A session for all of our bat carers and for people who are interested in becoming involved.  There will be time to discuss any issues that arose last year and to share experiences.  The will also be training on care methods and a look at equipment requirements.  For potential new carers it's a great opportunity to learn about what's involved.

    Existing carers should have received an invite already, but if you are a potential new care please contact nottsbatgroup@gmail.com for details

  • Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017
    TBC probably 2pmEpperstone Village Hall

    FULLY BOOKED

    An afternoon of presentations, training and practicals to include the following:

    A brief intro to the bat group and what we do / will be getting up to this season, with a focus on our 'echolocation location' project.

    An hours presentation on the National Nathusius' Pipistrelle and Barbastelle Projects to put them into context, outline findings to date, etc.

    A 30 minute presentation on basic bat ID.

    Training and a practical demo of our some of our bat detectors.

    Basic training on 'advanced' bat survey techniques (setting up harp traps, mist nets and acoustic lures).

    A brief update / information for those interested in training to become a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor for Natural England.

    The focus of this informal event would be for those of you who are fairly new to the bat group or haven't been able to get that involved in our projects much to date, and might like to in the coming months, but of course all members are very welcome....

    Please use our event booking form to book a place

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017
    TBCTBC

    Weekend of 7/8/9th April - Following on from the excellent recent Social Calls Workshop hosted by Neil Middleton of BatAbility (http://batability.co.uk/), which reiterated the possibility of locating Nathusius' pipistrelle mating roosts by listening for social calls of this species, and in tandem with our involvement with BCT's National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project (NNPP) (http://nottsbatgroup.org.uk/nathusius-project/), we will be undertaking an evening transect at a site along the River Trent, along with a pre-dawn back-tracking survey subject to reasonably favourable weather. The site/s will probably be in the area of Colwick Country Park / Holme Pierrepont. Which day/s and further details will be provided nearer the time.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please use our event booking form to express an interest and we will contact you to confirm.

  • Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017
    10am - 1pmClumber Park

    For the last year Ben McLean, a member of the bat group, has been surveying some of the trees at Clumber Park and had a good deal of success finding bats.  We have been invited to join him on his April survey which last year was his most productive month.

    No special equipment is needed beyond a small torch (the LED type are the best).

    The park is likely to be busy that day so it would be good to keep the number of cars as low as possible so please car share if possible.

    To book a place please use our event booking form. There are still a few places remaining but it is now too late to add you onto the car parking list so you would have to pay the National Trust £7 charge (free if you are a member of the NT)

     

  • Mon
    17
    Apr
    2017
    10:00 amClumber Park

    We will be checking some of the boxes at Clumber Park. We usually find nocturne,  Leisler's and soprano pipistrelle

    Please book using our event booking form

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    9:00 amCenter Parcs, Edwinstowe

    FULLY BOOKED

    We check the boxes every year here and usually fine lots of bats including noctule and Leisler's.  We are usually out until mid afternoon. For insurance reasons this event is limited to members only and there are only a few places available.

    Please book using our event booking form.  Your place isn't confirmed until you receive a reply from us.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pmHolme Pierrepont and Skylarks Nature Reserve

    POSTPONED

    Our annual event to wake our ears up to hearing bats on a detector. The Holme Pierrepont and Skylarks Nature Reserve areas should give us a good opportunity to find several different species.  It's also one of our best areas for Nathusius' pipistrelle with lots of roosting potential.

    Please express an interest using our event booking form and we will let you know when a location is arranged.

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017
    TBCCreswell Crags

    FULLY BOOKED

    early season swarming survey, with a focus on barbastelle bats for the Nottinghamshire Barbastelle Project (http://77.104.132.132/~sunday85/nottsbatgroup.org.uk/barbastelle-project/).

    Note that the above surveys are dependent on the prevailing Spring weather and may be switched if deemed more appropriate nearer the time (the dates are fixed though).

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please use our event booking form to express an interest and we will contact you to confirm.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    TBCTBC

    Sat 6th May (with Fri 7th as a 'weather back-up') - Trapping / netting on the NNPP or the Nottinghamshire Barbastelle Project - site and details to be confirmed nearer the time.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please use our event booking form to express an interest and we will contact you to confirm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A harp trapping survey as part of the BCT National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project (see here for project details)

    Spaces are very limited.  Please book using our event booking form

  • Mon
    15
    May
    2017
    6.30pm - 10.00pmAttenborough Nature Reserve

    FULLY BOOKED

    This is a free course funded by our Echolocation Location Heritage Lottery funded project

    This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds are broken down into four elements in order to train people's sonic memory and aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field. The focus is on pipistrelles, noctule, serotine and Daubenton's bat as these illustrate a range of different bat sounds. The workshop will be led by Lisa Worledge, Head of Conservation Services at the Bat Conservation Trust .  There will also be infromation about how you could help with the National Bat Monitoring Programme and our Echolocation Location project.

    Full details available here

    Directions to Attenborough Nature Reserve available here

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    7.30pm - 10.30pmCollingham Youth and Community Centre and RSPB Langford Lowfields

    An introduction to the heterodyne bat detector.

    This free course which is funded by our Heritage Lottery 'Echolocation Location' project and with help people new to bat detecting get the most from the basic bat detector.

    There are two parts to the evening.  Firstly we will spend some time inside learning how bats use sound to navigate and how we can interpret the sounds coming from the detector.

    After the indoor session we will venture out onto the nearly RSPB Langford Lowfields Nature Reserve to put the indoor session into practice.

    A detector will be provided if you need one but please bring a set of headphones with you (ipod/phone type are perfect) as it will help you to concentrate on just your detector rather than those close by. You will also hear far more bats with them!

    Please use our event booking form to book a place

     

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A harp trapping survey as part of the BCT National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project (see here for project details)

    Spaces are very limited.  Please book using our event booking form

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    2.00pm - 5.00pmClumber Park

    CANCELLED will be rearranged for a future data

    We will be checking the newest scheme of Kent bat boxes.

     

     

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017
    Sun
    28
    May
    2017
    TBCTBC

    Barbastelle bat radio-tracking. Ideally, this will be undertaken to target this species at a private estate. However, this will be subject to access confirmed nearer the time. In the event that we are unable to complete the surveys here during the above periods then an alternative radio-tracking  / advanced bat surveys strategy will be devised and undertaken, which may target barbastelle bats elsewhere, Nathusius' pips, or another uncommon species in the county. The primary aim of any radio-tracking will be to locate roosts and so will not involve as much nocturnal fieldwork as in 2016, although some will still be required. There will also be a requirement for daytime 'roost-finders'.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please use our event booking form to express an interest and we will contact you to confirm.

     

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017
    9:00 pmAttenborough Nature Reserve

    We complete three transects of the reserve twice a year in spring and late summer.  Attenborough is one of the best sites in the county for bats and we usually get a range of species.  If you would like to help with this survey please book using the event booking form.  We need at least six people if we are to do all of the transects including at least three who know the reserve.

  • Sun
    11
    Jun
    2017
    7.00pm - 11.00pmGoadby Marwood, Leicestershire

    FULLY BOOKED

    This training will be delivered by Barry Collins who has many years of professional church survey experience.

    Please download the  Bats in Churches Training 2017 leaflet for more details.

    This event is for paid up members of the bat group only. Please book using our event booking form.  Your place isn't confirmed until you receive a reply from us.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    overnightRutland Water

    Overnight trapping to target female Nathusius’ pipistrelle. Any (up to 2) healthy female Nathusius’ pipistrelle caught would then be radio-tagged and radio-tracked that night to locate the roost(s). Subsequently, they would then be radiotracked by Leics & Rutland Bat Group volunteers the following 1-2 nights, and then mainly by day for up to 10 days with the aim of finding and documenting further roosts, and undertaking roost counts and recording emergence activity.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Location to be confirmed but likely sites include Ploughman Wood, Flintham and Creswell Crags

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017
    TBCCreswell Crags

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    TBCTBC

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017
    TBCColwick Park

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    TBCThoresby Estate

    A trapping session as part of our barbastelle project or the National Nathusius' Project.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Mon
    18
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmThe White Post Pub on the A614 near Farnsfield

    Our indoor meeting since the spring will include updates on our EchoLocation Location project, some results of the summers tracking, a report on one of our bat box schemes and a look forward to future surveys and events.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    TBCWollaton Park

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Sun
    24
    Sep
    2017
    TBCRufford Country Park

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    TBCGirton Sailing Lakes

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017
    TBCIdle Valley Reserve area, Retford

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    TBCRutland Water

    A trapping session as part of the National Nathusius' Project. We will be checking bat boxes beforehand.

    Please note that you must be a paid-up member of NBG to be able to participate in our surveys, so that you're insured

    Please email nottsbatgroup@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

    Please ensure that you register your interest in any survey at least 48 hours beforehand by emailing the contact above.
    Surveys cannot proceed without at least 6 people confirmed as attending, but are also limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    Please also therefore ensure you give us as much notice as possible if you belatedly have to cancel your attendance.

  • Mon
    13
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmEpperstone Village Hall
    We have a talk lined up from Phil Bych, Barry Collins, Matt Cook and Ady Orrell about their summer batting trip to Transylvania. They will be talking for 40-45 minutes about Romanian bats and their conservation and what they got up to on their trip in June with plenty of photos and video footage. There will also be an update on the development of the structure of the group amongst any other business - please let Michael know, via nottsbatgroup@gmail.com,   if there’s anything you’d like to discuss.
    For this group meeting, and following the recent get-together there to discuss the above, we’ve opted to try Epperstone Village Hall. It’s located on Gonalston Lane, the last building on the right as you leave Epperstone for Gonalston, postcode NG14 6AY. We’re in the committee room ahead past the kitchen, unless you want to join in puppy training in the main room! 😉 There’s plenty of parking.
    Incidentally, if anyone has any suggestions for suitable group meeting venues in 2018 then please let us know on or before the 13th. Aside from a decent venue itself the main criteria are: within 20-30 mins of Nott’m, less than £50 to hire (the less expensive the better), lots of parking and preferably it would also be accessible by public transport. Somewhere with a bar and that maybe does bar food is also ideal although not essential.