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 Volunteering

If you would like to help our with our surveys or events please get in touch. Check your membership is current so you are insured, then download and fill in this form, save it with your name in the title and return it to volunteers(at)kentbatgroup.org.uk.

 


Winter Indoor Meetings 2017 - 2018

7.30pm at Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, Lenham, ME17 2QT (details)

Lenham Community Centre is easy to find, with lots of parking and good wheelchair access:

Indoor meetings are usually the third or fourth Thursday of September (with a brief AGM), November, January and March.

Open to all - do come along and bring a friend, you will be very welcome at our indoor meetings.  If you are not yet a member and want to find out more about us an indoor meeting is a very good place to start.

A suggested donation of £3 is appreciated to help with the running costs of the meetings.

 

2017 Indoor Meeting dates:

 

Thursday 28th September 2017:


On the trail of the hibernating Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)


Eric Jansen from the Netherlands will be telling us about strategies for locating mass hibernation sites in the urban environment.

 

Thursday 23rd November 2017: speaker to be arranged

 

2018 Indoor Meeting dates:

Thursday 23rd March:

Speaker James Shipman, subject to be confirmed

 


Training Courses & Conferences

Tuesday 20th September 2016. Managing Grassland for Bats, Mote Park, Maidstone

This BCT workshop is fully funded by the Save our Magnificent Meadows project and is aimed at Grassland landowners/ land managers and volunteers with an interest in the subject. The day will cover an introduction to British bats followed by sessions on how to manage your grassland for their benefit. The session will be topped off with a walk around the park to see and hear the resident bat species. 

Cost:  FREE (£20 deposit returnable when you arrive). At least 48 hours notice is required to cancel a booked place to ensure the return of your deposit. Please call or email Mary Tate to book your place. 03000 414833  mary.tate@kent.gov.uk

Bat Care Workshop

Sunday 25th September 2016 at Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, CT6 7LQ

We need more people to help with bat care in Kent.  This does not need to be a major commitment, as we would be grateful for any level of help, for example: 

After training we will try to assign you a carer or batworker in your area to help to mentor you but in cases where there isn’t someone nearby you may have to travel to get help and experience initially.

We are also keen for staff from veterinary surgeries or wildlife hospitals who sometimes admit grounded bats to attend too.

Places are limited so please book with Hazel Ryan at hazel@wildwoodtrust.org

For further  training opportunities keep an eye on the Bat Conservation Trust's training page

South East Bat Conference

Date of next event: Saturday 26th November 2016

Venue : WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey

Further details on the BCT webpages

 


Shows & Other Events

Kent Mammal Group talk. Philip Briggs, National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) Co-ordinator will be talking about the “The NBMP: 20 years of citizen science” on Friday 25th November at Tyland Barn, KWT HQ, Sandling, Maidstone. 7:30-9:30pm. £2 donation.

 


 Bat Walks 2017

Wednesdays 10th May, Sevenoaks.

Guided bat walks 7:30pm Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3DH. Join us on the Reserve where we hope to see and hear bats from several of the species found there. A number of bat detectors are provided (bring your own if you have one) and the walk leader, Paul Glanfield, will be on hand to answer all your batty questions. Booking essential – Contact David Nimmo SLG Chairman, 07910 506996 or davidwnimmo@tiscali.co.uk. Refreshments provided, donations welcome, guide dogs only.

Saturday 20th May: King’s Wood, Challock.

Bat walk, for Friends of King's Wood. Book on 07523 203458 or enquiries@friendsofkingswood.org

Friday 2nd June: Westgate parks, Canterbury.

Walk. 9.00pm - 10.30pm. Meet by the noticeboard in Toddler's Cove car park. Bookable event http://www.westgateparks.co.uk/events/ £3 per person. Suitable for ages 7+, please bring a torch.

Saturday 22nd July: Kearsney Abbey lake and grounds, Dover.

Walk. 9.00pm – 10.30pm Meet near the café, Kearsney Abbey Café car park , Alkham Valley Road, Kearsney, Dover. For White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (07880 706900). Suggested donation of £2 per person appreciated.

Tuesday 25th July. The Pines Calyx, St Margaret’s Bay.

7.30pm. Talk followed by bat watching in the Pines garden. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. Leader Shirley Thompson, Kent Bat Group, and White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 872785). Meet The Pines Gardens, Beach Road, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover CT15 6DZ.

Friday 28 July : Oare Gunpowder Works.

Talk and walk. Booking essential. Call 03000 42299. Email: lyndsay.wayman-rook@kent.gov.uk. £3 per head, all proceeds go to Kent Bat Group.

Saturday 5th August.

Kent Bat group walk at Milton Creek Country Park, Kemsley. Meet at the Holy Trinity Church Green Porch Close at 20:30 until late. There will be an indoor talk about bats and their habitat, then we will go and explore the country park and church yard. A donation will be asked, for the Kent Bat Group to help raise funds. To book a place please email  miltoncreek@swale.gov.uk

Saturday 26 Aug. Oare Gunpowder Works.

Talk and walk. Booking essential. Call 03000 42299. Email: lyndsay.wayman-rook@kent.gov.uk. £3 per head, all proceeds go to Kent Bat Group.

Thursday 31st Aug. Westgate parks, Canterbury.

Bat and moth night 7:45pm-9:30pm. – Meet by the noticeboard in Toddler's Cove car park . Bookable event. http://www.westgateparks.co.uk/events/ £3 per person Suitable for ages 7+, please bring a torch.

Further walks will be posted as they are booked