Archived Events Calendar 2014


JANUARY 2014

Saturday, 18 January 2014, 10:00
Dormouse and Bat Box Maintenance
Ast Wood, near Ledbury
Cleaning and repairing bat boxes and dormouse boxes; putting up some new bat boxes. 
Volunteers needed; no experience required. Stay for as long as you like. Bring a packed lunch.
Dave Smith: 07905 849842 or 01432 266937, davetreesmith@aol.com

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 19:30
Winter Talk: North Wales Serotine Project - Sam Dyer, Clwyd Bat Group
A 2-phase project and a collaboration of 3 bat groups puts Serotines on the map for North Wales.  The methods used in this exciting project resulted in some facinating insights into the behaviour of this species.

Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Dene, Hereford, HR1 4JR
Entrance fee: HMG Members - £2.00; Non-members - £4.00


FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday, 22 February 2014,10.00 - 15.00
Winter Tree Twig and Bud ID Field Event
Lea and Pagets Wood
We are particularly looking to provide training in habitat description for volunteers carrying out small mammal surveys.  
HMG members only event (unless undersubscribed) - book early as places limited
Martin Hales: Via HMG: herefordmammals@bigfoot.com


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Friday, 28 February 2014, 19:30
Winter Talk: The Small Myotis Project - Philip Brown, Bristol University
The recent discovery of Myotis alcathoe in Britain raises questions about the current information regarding the distribution and habitat
use of M.brandtii and M. mystacinus.  This project studies the resource partitioning between the three species and Philip Brown has been surveying woodlands next to and away from water bodies across the South of England and the Midlands. The surveying is now complete and Philip is going to present some of these findings.

Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Dene, Hereford, HR1 4JR
Entrance fee: HMG Members - £2.00; Non-members - £4.00


MARCH 2014

Sorry; this event has been cancelled
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Small Mammal Survey Techniques and the Art of Tracking - Rob Strachan
Woolhope Village Hall, HR1 4QS

Rob is a Biodiversity Technical Specialist for Natural Resources Wales and the author of The Mammal Detective. He has been a member of the Mammal Society for over 30 years and was awarded the Society's Silver Medal in 2008 for his contribution to mammal conservation in Britain especially otters and water voles. He has carried out national surveys for otters, water voles, mink and pine marten spending years in a camper vans and walking thousands of miles searching for mammal field signs.

The day will start with field work in the morning which will include checking small mammal traps (set the night before) and searching for mammal field signs.  The afternoon will be an indoor session and will cover some theory on small mammals and the art of tracking.  The day will end with a quiz and a Certificate of Attendance.  Light refreshments will be provided; bring your own lunch.

The event is limited to 20 people.  Reservations are now being taken from both HMG members only up until 14 January, thereafter non-members may apply if places remain.  Reservations are considered confirmed on receipt of full payment.  If oversubscribed, a list of reserves will be held in case of withdrawals.

As of 25th January, 8 places remain.

Reserve your place now by sending full payment in advance.  Contact Mike Coleman (HMG Treasurer).
Delegate fees: HMG Members - £20.00; Non-members - £30.00
Why not join HMG (£7.50) and take advantage of lower rate?


APRIL 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Checks
Ast Wood, near Ledbury (Approx SO674379)
A full check of all boxes.  All bats found will be processed so we may be there all day.  
Please be prepared and bring a packed lunch.
Contact Dave Smith 07905 849842 or 01432 266937, or Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 19 April 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Checks
Lea and Paget's Woods, near Woolhope
Meet in lay by at approx SO595346
A full check of all boxes.  All bats found will be processed so we may be there all day.  
Please be prepared and bring a packed lunch.
Contact Dave Smith 07905 849842 or 01432 266937, or Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 26 April 2014
Midlands Bat Conference - Warwick
This is not organised by HMG
Further details through the BCT website.


MAY 2014

Sunday, 04 May 2014, Evening
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Haugh Wood South, Woolhope
Specific time will be provided to those attending; it will be a late finish
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Friday, 09 May 2014, Evening   Sorry, cancelled due to poor weather forecast
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Frith Wood, Wellington Heath
Specific time will be provided to those attending; it will be a late finish
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Friday, 09 May 2014, 18:45
Introductory Bat Detector Workshop
Worcester Woods Country Park, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2LG
This is not organised by HMG
Further details through the BCT website

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Sunday, 11 May 2014, 10:00  Sorry, cancelled due to poor weather forecast
Bat Box Check
Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
There may be an opportunity for some hand netting on Sunday evening combined with a bat activity survey.  This will be decided on Sunday afternoon after the bat box checking session
Contact Denise Foster  via HMG

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Sunday 11 May 2014, Evening  Sorry, cancelled due to poor weather forecast
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping and Static Netting
Double Event at Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Thursday, 15 May 2014, 20:30
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Miner’s Rest HNT Reserve, The Doward
Meet in reserve car park at SO553159; limited parking - car sharing essential
A late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Note:  We are being joined by a few HNT volunteers
at this event so I would appreciate any help from group members, especially those with experience of handling, identifying and processing bats

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Friday, 16 May 2014, 20:30
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Haugh Wood North, Woolhope
Meet in car park at SO592364
A late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Thursday, 22 May 2014, 10:00
Dormouse Box Checks
Ast Wood, near Ledbury (Approx SO674379)
Contact Dave Smith: 07905 849842 or 01432 266937

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Friday, 23 May 2014, 20:45 Sorry. Cancelled due to poor weather
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Old Country Wood, Mathon
Meet at Old Country House (SO726446)
A late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 24 May 2014
Wales Bat Workers' Day - Llandrindod Wells
This is not organised by HMG
Further details available from the BCT website

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Sunday, 25 May 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check
Lea and Paget’s Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at approx. SO595346
Contact Denise Foster via HMG
 
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Friday, 30 May 2014, 20:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Frith Wood, Wellington Heath
Meet at wood entrance at SO723405
A late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 31 May 2014, evening
NBMP – Lesser Horseshoe Bat Count 
Upper Hall, Ledbury
Contact: Kate Wollen,  07786 526 280


JUNE 2014

Sunday, 01 June 2014, 13:00
Bat Box Check
Double event at Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster  via HMG

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Sunday, 01 June 2014, 20:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping and Static Netting
Double Event at Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Thursday, 05 June 2014, 20:30
NBMP – Lesser Horseshoe Bat Count 
Meet at Holme Lacy House, HR2 6LP (SO551350)
This is a great venue and a good introduction to the NBMP Roost Count.  There will be an opportunity for a couple of surveyors to access the attic and count bats from the roof.
Note: The Holm Lacy causeway (Between Mordiford/Fownhope and HL) is presently (25/05) subject to roadworks and possible road closure. However, local information suggests that this will be completed before the date of this event.
Contact: Martin Hales via HMG

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Friday, 06 June 2014, 21:00 Sorry. Cancelled due to animal welfare issues
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Mowley Wood, Near Staunton-on-Arrow
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Monday, 09 June 2014, 19:30
Bats and Swifts in Churches Project
Hinton Community Centre (near ASDA in Hereford), Ross Rd, HR2 7RJ
Meeting to discuss the project protocol, project timings and methods.
This meeting is recommended for those members training for a bat license and any Herefordshire based Natural England Roost Visitors. Seven Herefordshire churches have already made contact, including Hereford Cathedral for bat and swift surveys.
There may be a small charge to help cover hire of the hall.


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Thursday, 12 June 2014, 20:45
NBMP – Lesser Horseshoe Bat Count 
Meet at Holme Lacy House, HR2 6LP (SO551350)
This is a great venue and a good introduction to the NBMP Roost Count.  There will be an opportunity for a couple of surveyors to access the attic and count bats from the roof
Note: The Holm Lacy causeway (Between Mordiford/Fownhope and HL) is presently (25/05) subject to roadworks and possible road closure. However, local information suggests that this will be completed before the date of this event.
Contact: Martin Hales or Dense Foster via HMG

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Friday, 13 June 2014, 20:30
NBMP – Pipistrelle Bat Count 
Meet at Tuck Mill, Eaton Bishop, Hereford, HR2 9QQ (SO455392)
Due to a road/bridge closure, access to Tuck Mill is presently via Eaton Bishop village from all directions (specific directions can be provided on request from CH or HMG).  Tuck Mill is a little over 1 km to the E/NE of Eaton Bishop (5 km west of Hereford city centre), south-side and almost adjacent to the River Wye.  Parking is restricted on site, so please park with due consideration and car share where possible.This unique venue houses the largest known pipistrelle bat colony in the county. Expect to see around 1,000 bats exit the roost!  It is an excellent site as an introduction to NBMP roost counts and therefore a great training opportunity.  Bring a tally counter if you have one! 
Note: this event is already fully subscribed.  Although we'd prefer you to join us on the second survey on 17th June, you are welcome to attend if you can't make it then.  Please contact Caroline to confirm.
Contact Caroline Hanks Tel.: 01981 250239

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Saturday, 14 June 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check
Nupend Nature Reserve
Meet at reserve entrance at SO 580355 (room for 2 cars only so car sharing is essential)
Contact Denise Foster via HMG


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Sunday, 15 June 2014, 21:00
NBMP - Pipistrelle Bat Count
National Trust's Weir Gardens, Hereford
Up to 500 bats emerge from multiple exits at this site, so lots of volunteers needed please!
The Weir Gardens site is located about four miles west of Hereford on the A438 (Brecon Road).  After pulling off the main road, park on the track to the right; don't drive down to the NT car park.  The count should take just over an hour.
Contact Dave Smith davetreesmith@aol.com or 01432 266937 or 07905849842

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 20:30
NBMP – Pipistrelle Bat Count 
Meet at Tuck Mill, Eaton Bishop, Hereford, HR2 9QQ (SO455392)
Due to a road/bridge closure, access to Tuck Mill is presently via Eaton Bishop village from all directions (specific directions can be provided on request from CH or HMG).  Tuck Mill is a little over 1 km to the E/NE of Eaton Bishop (5 km west of Hereford city centre), south-side and almost adjacent to the River Wye.  Parking is restricted on site, so please park with due consideration and car share where possible.This unique venue houses the largest known pipistrelle bat colony in the county. Expect to see around 1,000 bats exit the roost!  It is an excellent site as an introduction to NBMP roost counts and therefore a great training opportunity.  Bring a tally counter if you have one! 
Contact Caroline Hanks Tel.: 01981 250239

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 20:00
Bats and Swifts in Churches – Marden Church
Swift survey followed by a Bat Activity Survey
Marden Church is a Grade 1 listed building standing in a peaceful, rural setting on the banks of the River Lugg. Although the
earliest part of the building dates back to the 13th century, it has its origins in the 8th Century.
Meet at the Church (SO512471 or HR1 3EN)
Contact Denise Foster

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 10:00
Dormouse Box Checks
Ast Wood, near Ledbury (Approx SO674379)
Contact Dave Smith: 07905 849842 or 01432 266937

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 20:45
NBMP – Lesser Horseshoe Bat Count 
Meet at Holme Lacy House, HR2 6LP (SO551350)
This is a great venue and a good introduction to the NBMP Roost Count.  There will be an opportunity for a couple of surveyors to access the attic and count bats from the roof
Note: The Holm Lacy causeway (Between Mordiford/Fownhope and HL) is presently (25/05) subject to roadworks and possible road closure. However, local information suggests that this will be completed before the date of this event.
Contact Martin Hales or Dense Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 21 June 2014, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye
Meet at SO603229 at top of unmade track
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Sunday, 29 June 2014, 21:00
NBMP - Pipistrelle Bat Count
National Trust's Weir Gardens, Hereford
Up to 500 bats emerge from multiple exits at this site, so lots of volunteers needed please!
The Weir Gardens site is located about four miles west of Hereford on the A438 (Brecon Road).  After pulling off the main road, park on the track to the right; don't drive down to the NT car park.  The count should take just over an hour.
Contact Dave Smith davetreesmith@aol.com or 01432 266937 or 07905849842


JULY 2014

Saturday/Sunday, 05 - 06 July 2014
BatFest - London
This is not organised by HMG
Further details available from the BCT website 


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Tuesday, 08 July 2014, 21:15
NBMP Field Survey
Searching for pipistrelles and big bats
Coddington
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Thursday, 17 July 2014, 10:00
Dormouse Box Checks
Ast Wood, near Ledbury (Approx SO674379)
Contact Dave Smith 07905 849842 or 01432 266937

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Thursday, 17 July 2014, 14:00
Bat Box Check
White Rocks HNT Reserve, The Doward
Meet at gate approx SO549157
Contact: Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 19 July 2014, 20:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping
Haugh Wood South
Meet in car park
Contact Denise Foster via HMG
 
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 21:00
NBMP Field Survey
Searching for pipistrelles and big bats
Coddington
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Friday, 25 July 2014, 20:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Frith Wood
Meet at the entrance; a late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 26 July 2014, 20:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Mowley Wood
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Sunday, 27 July 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check
Lea and Paget's Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at about SO595346
Contact: Denise Foster via HMG

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 20:45
Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Bat Trapping Event
Evesbatch Lakes
Meet at lake (Turn left on rough track at SO686481); car share if possible
Contact Denise Foster via HMG



AUGUST 2014


Saturday, 02 August 2014, 13:00 - Changed to Sunday, 03 August 2014 due to inclement weather
Bat Box Check
Double event at Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster  via HMG

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Saturday, 02 August 2014, 20:30 - Changed to Sunday, 03 August 2014 due to inclement weather

Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping and Static Netting
Double Event at Ast Wood, Nr Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Monday, 04 August 2014, 21.30
NBMP Waterway Survey - River Leadon, Ledbury
Searching for Daubenton’s bats
Meet at gate just off Homebase roundabout (SO 6999 3790)
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014, 20.30 - Changed to Friday, 29 August 2014 due to inclement weather

Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping
Haugh Wood North
Meet at trapping site (map available)
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 09 August 2014, 09:30
Bat Box Check
Old Country Wood, Mathon
Meet at Old Country House, SO726446
Boxes will be checked but bats will be processed in the afternoon.
Contact David Lee or Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 09 August 2014, 19:30
Mist Netting and Harp Trapping Event
Old Country Wood, Mathon
Meet at Old Country House, SO726446
This double event is part of the Woodland Bat Project but it also serves as an outreach event which the landowner has requested.  This event will be publicised as “An Introduction to Bats” evening for the local community.  We would appreciate some experienced bat workers who can handle, identify and process bats confidently for this event.  Numbers will be limited at this event
Contact David Lee or Denise Foster via HMG 

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Friday, 15 August 2014, 20:00
Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Bat Trapping Event
Bodenham Lakes
Meet at Car Park SO529509
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 20:45 Originally scheduled for 19 August
NBMP Waterway Survey - River Leadon, Ledbury
Searching for Daubenton’s bats
Meet at gate just off Homebase roundabout (SO 6999 3790)
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Sunday, 31 August
 2014, 19:30 Originally scheduled for 29 August

Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Haugh Wood, North
A late finish is expected
Contact Denise Foster via HMG
 
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Saturday, 30 August 2014, 19:30
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping Sorry, event cancelled
Haugh Wood South
Meet in car park
Contact Denise Foster via HMG


SEPTEMBER 2014

Saturday, 06 September 2014, 19:15
Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Wellington Gravel Pits, Wellington 
Meeting point: We will be arriving around 17:00 hours, but come when you want to. Gate entrance is at SO 50969 48184
Contact: Denise Foster

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Friday, 19 September 2014, 18:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Old Country Wood, Mathon
Meet at Old Country House, SO726446; it will not be a late finish
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Saturday, 20 September 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check
Lea and Paget’s Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at approx. SO595346
An all day event
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:00
Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping
Titley Pools Nature Reserve, near Kington
Meet at Reserve Car Park – turn off Eywood Lane at SO 32237 59708 and drive to Titley Pool (long track)
Contact: Denise Foster

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Friday, 26 September 2014, 18:30 (Part of the Mammal/Surveying and Trapping Weekend)
Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping
Venue: Coneygree Wood – Entrance point to the wood is at SO 71781 38151
Contact:  Denise Foster

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Friday - Sunday, 26 - 28 September 2014

Mammal Surveying and Trapping Weekend - Johnny Birks
Bat Mist Netting/Harp Trapping (see above), Small Mammal Trapping, Otter Surveying, Trapping for Stoats and Weasels, Dormouse Box Check
Location: Herefordshire
Only a few places remain (03 Sept)
Contact Denise Foster via HMG


OCTOBER 2014

Wednesday, 01 October 2014, 18:45
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting, Harp Trapping Cancelled due to bat dispersal
Moorhouse Woods, NW of Norton Canon
It will not be a late finish
Meeting details TBA
Contact: Denise Foster or Dave Smith

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Thursday, 02 October 2014, 19:30
HMG AGM
Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR
Followed by five 15 minute talks:
  • Woodland Bat Project – Denise Foster
  • Bats and Swifts in Churches – David Lee
  • Herefordshire Mammal Atlas – Dave Smith
  • Filming HMG - Steve Evans
  • BCT Partnerships - Lisa Worledge
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Saturday, 25 October 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check (Last Check of season at this site)
Lea and Paget’s Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at approx. SO595346 - An all-day event
Contact Denise Foster 

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday, 01 November 2014, 10:00
Bat Box Check (Last check of season at this site)
Ast Wood
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster

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Saturday, 08 November 2014, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check (Last check of the season) Sorry, cancelled due to heavy rain forecast 
Chase Wood,Ross-on-Wye
Meet at SO603229 at top of unmade track
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 19:30
The Deer Initiative - Graham Riminton
Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR
Graham is a Deer Liaison Officer for Wales and the West Midlands
There will be a small charge at this event to cover costs

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 19:30
Dormouse Meeting - Ann Bowker
Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR
A meeting for all those involved or looking to get involved in Dormouse work in the county.
Details to follow


DECEMBER 2014

Friday, 05 December 2014, 19:30
An Illustrated Talk - Michael Leach
Michael is a wildlife photographer; the subject of his talk is to be confirmed
Woolhope Village Hall
There will be a small charge at this event to cover costs