The best ways to find out more about bats are to:
- Join a bat walk
- Come and meet us at our indoor meetings
- Visit us at an event
- Training opportunities
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Ambulance drivers: collecting grounded bats, administering first aid and delivering to the nearest carer;
- Ambulance drivers who are also able to care for bats that need minimal short term care before release;
- Longer term carers who are able to commit to looking after injured bats and helping rehabilitate them for eventual release; and
- Holiday sitters who are able to care for captive bats for short periods during the year, while full time bat carers are on holiday.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further events will be added as they are booked.