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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 2016 - 2017

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.

 

2016 Indoor Meeting dates:

Thursday 24th November 2016:

Bats and other wildlife of Nicaragua.  

A talk by Hazel Ryan about species encountered on a recent visit to this biodiverse region of Central America, in a range of habitats from coastal caves and dry lowland forest to river systems and cloud forest

 

2017 Indoor Meeting dates:

Thursday 26th January 2017: 

Science and subjectivity: Bats in Churches, what we now know

In 2012 James Hales from University College, London, gave the group a talk entitled  Bats in Churches: An objective assessment of a perceived problem, describing his ongoing research related to the use of historic church buildings by bats in the U.K. This evening James will be returning to tell us about  the results of his research.

Thursday 23rd March 2017:

Bat Chat: Getting Social with the Sussex Autobat

David Hill will be telling us about his studies using the Sussex Autobat. He originally developed this programmable ultrasound synthesiser as an acoustic lure to increase capture efficiency for woodlands bats, and it was used successfully by KBG in the Bechsteins’  survey.   He will include results from work in Malaysia  and some "prospecting" surveys in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

 

Thursday 28th September 2017: speaker to be arranged

Thursday 23rd November 2017: speaker to be arranged

 


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 2016

Monday the 26th September 2015: Bat Walk Abbot’s Mill Project

A chance to see, hear and find out more about our native bats by the riverside in Canterbury. 

Meet at 7pm at the Information Board on at the Abbot’s Mill Project, St. Radigund’s Street. Finishing around 8pm.

Suitable for all ages. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs just in case!

Tickets are: Adult £4 member/£5 non-member, Child £3, Under 5’s Free. To book please email: bookings@abbotsmillproject.co.uk

Further events will be added as they are booked.