Events Calendar 2017

Please read the following.  The information relates to all HMG events listed below.

Inclement weather or insufficient numbers attending may mean the event is cancelled or rescheduled.
Although we will make best effort to inform HMG member in good time if there are issues, you should always contact the organiser:
  • To register your interest
  • To confirm exact meeting point if not specified precisely in the article
  • To confirm that the event has not been called off, especially if you intend to travel a long way

Start times are 'prompt' please; end times (when given) are approximate
Times are given in 24 hour clock, unless stated to the contrary
Indoor events may incur an entry fee to cover costs (speaker/room hire)
All events are arranged by HMG unless indicated to the contrary

Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page.


Long Term Events and Projects

Herefordshire Mammal Atlas
Contact Dave Smith or a member of the Committee for Field Events
Further details available on the linked page


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Bats and Roadside Mammals Transect Surveys
HMG has two sets of kit ready to carry out driven transects to increase our number of mammal records for the Mammal Atlas. The survey protocol is to drive a pre-planned transect of between 15 and 25 miles at a speed of around 15mph, starting at 30-45 minutes after sunset. The Anabat Express detector will automatically record bat passes and you will need to record any observations of live or dead wildlife encountered en-route. Whilst you have the kit you can also leave the detector out overnight in your garden to gather additional records.  Please contact David Lee via HMG is you are interested in carrying out a survey.

Bats and Swifts in Churches Project
The aim of the project is to work with churches which have bats using the interior of the building, by providing a full bat survey and also to provide the church with assistance and recommendations to alleviate some of the problems, especially where large numbers of bats are using the church.  We are also working on producing a Herefordshire Mammal Atlas for the county and this project will help boost the  number of bat records too.   This is also an ideal opportunity for members and to get experience with surveying traditional buildings, carrying out detector surveys and dealing with the public in an area which could be a sensitive issue.    There is a separate interest group for this project and not all church surveys will be advertised in the normal way, as numbers need to be limited.  If you would like to register your interest contact Denise Foster through HMG 

Herefordshire Woodlands Bat Project  We are currently surveying both plantation and non-plantation woodlands, using both bat detector, trapping and radio-tracking, which will continue until further notice. If you would like to register your interest in being involved in any of this work.  A total of 5-6 bats will be tagged and radio-tracked back to natural roosts 2017.  If you are interested in this event and would like to be involved please contact Denise Foster, HMG.

Herefordshire Mammal Atlas (Bats)   We are continuing to survey non-woodland sites such as water bodies, disused railway tunnels, caves, limekilns around Herefordshire using bat detectors and trapping techniques collecting records and looking for rare species of bat, such as the greater horseshoe, Alcathoe and Nathusius' pipistrelle.  If you would like to register your interest in being involved in any of this work contact
 Denise Foster, HMG

 
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National Hedgehog Survey
Further details on the linked page.

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National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP)
Regular visits to woodlands are being undertaken throughout the summer months.
If you would like further information or would like to assist in this work, please contact Ann Bowker via HMG

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Mammals and Bridges Project
A project co-ordinated by Nick Underhill-Day.
If you would like further information, please contact Nick via HMG

Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page


FUTURE PLANNED EVENTS



JUNE 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at 21.00
Bat and Swift Count, Wellington Church
Last year we counted out 55 Natterer's bat and 8 swift nesting sites
Meet at St Margaret of Antioch, Wellington, HR4 8AZ
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 21.00
Bat and Swift Count, Pembridge Church
Last year we counted out 45 Natterer's bat and 1 swift nesting site but 6 birds flying overhead
Meet at St Mary's Church, Pembridge. HR6 9DZ
Some of us may meet at The New Inn beforehand which serves great food and beer.
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Friday, 23 June 2017 at 20:00- to 23:00
The Bats of Bodenham (Part of Herefordshire Walking Festival- Walk 33)
Led by HMG's James Bisset, an introductory talk on bats and orchards will lead you around the edge of Bodenham Lake, the River Lugg, Bodenham Church and old Bodenham village listening and looking for signs of those special ‘Angels of the Night’ – bats. Loan bat detectors will be provided or BYO, along with a torch just in case! A guide to British Bats will be available to buy on the night. Why not arrive early and explore Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, home to a breeding otter population and visit the bird hide. Booking ESSENTIAL through Herefordshire Walking Festival. Adults £5 - Children (not suitable for the very young) are free but must be accompanied! Distance 1 mile - NO DOGS.  Please visit http://www.walkingfestival.com/text/5104.html

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 09:30
Dormouse Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance


Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 20.45
Church Survey and VBRV (Bats and Swifts) at Llanrothal Church
Contact Denise Foster via HMG as places will be limited

Monday, 26 June 2017 at 20.45
Swift Survey at Staunton-on-Wye Church 
Contact Denise Foster via HMG as places will be limited

Friday, 30 June, 10:00 
Dormouse Box Check - Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye
Meet at SO603229 at top of unmade track
Contact Denise Foster via HMG


JULY 2017

Saturday, 1 July 2017 at 20.30 (Fully Booked)
Bat Detector Survey and Infra-red Filming -  Goodrich Castle
Meet at the Visitor Centre, Castle Lane, Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6HY
Contact Denise Foster via HMG if you want to be included on the reserve list

Saturday, 01 July 2017, 21:40
NBMP Field Survey - Bromyard Downs
Meet at Car Park at north end of The Downs near the Royal Oak pub.
Contact Louise Scott (lscott330@hotmail.co.uk) if you would like to attend.  If it is necessary to reschedule you will be advised by email. 

Thursday, 06 July 2017, 20:45
Pipistrelle Bat Count - Docklow
The Herefordshire Mammal Group has been invited by the owners of Hampton Mere near Docklow to conduct an exist count of Soprano
Pipistrelles; Paul and Heather think there are several hundred present. Meet at 20:45 - 21:00 to be in position for 21:10.   The property is at the end of a long track through arable fields.  Access the track from the A44 is signposted six miles east of Leominster and 5 miles west of Bromyard, south side of road (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.2105963,-2.6172412,15z?hl=en).  The grid reference is SO57725703 and nearest post code HR6 0SN.  There is parking at the front of the house and if necessary to the rear.  The proposed date is weather permitting.  
Contact Will Watson via HMG if you wish to attend or would like more details 

Saturday,  15 July 2017 at 10:00
Bat Box Check -  Nupend Nature Reserve
Meet at reserve entrance at SO580355 (room for 2 cars only so car sharing is essential)
Contact Nick Underhill-Day via HMG as numbers will be limited

Friday, 28 July 2017, 09:30
Dormouse Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 09:30
Bat Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Sunday, 30 July 2017 at 10:00

Bat and Dormouse Box Check
Two teams required
Frith Wood, Wellington Heath
Meet at wood entrance at SO723405
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

AUGUST 2017

Saturday 05 to Sunday 13 August 2016 
Berrington Hall Bat Tracking Project
Radio-tracking 2 bats at Berrington Hall the first or second week of August.  If you are interested in this event and would like to radio track bats to find roost sites, please contact Denise Foster, HMG.

Friday, 04 August 2017 at 10:00
Bat Box Check -  Lea and Paget’s Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at SO595346
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Saturday, 05 August 2017, 20.30 
Woodland Bat Project  -  Bat Trapping Event at Berrington Hall
Meet at lake.  Directions are on National Trust Website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall/how-to-get-here/ 
Contact Denise Foster via HMG as numbers are limited

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 09:30
Dormouse Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 09:30
Bat Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Saturday 26 or 27 August 2017 at 19.30 
HWT Member's Event - Bodenham Lake, Bat Trapping and Acoustic Survey
Meet at SO 523 511.  Numbers and cars will be limited on site.
HMG members who are interested in attending please contact Denise Foster HMG

SEPTEMBER 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017, 09:30
Dormouse Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Saturday, 23 September 2017, 09:30
Bat Box Check
Ast Wood
Contact: Dave Smith for directions and to confirm attendance

Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page.