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


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.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 at 21.00
Woodland Bat Project  – Bat Trapping at Frith Wood
Entrance to Wood is at SO723405.  Drive into wood and park at junction.  Walk to the top of the ridge by taking the left forestry track.  Contact Denise Foster via HMG as numbers are limited.

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

Thursday, 17 August 2017 at 11.00 and Trapping at 20.30 
Bat Box Check and Trapping in the Evening
Frith Wood, Wellington Heath
Meet at wood entrance at SO723405
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Friday, 18 August 2017, 20.00 (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)
Bat Trapping Event at Moccas Park - A joint event with the Worcestershire Bat Group
Moccas Park is a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest and most diverse examples of wood pasture in Britain.  There are many ancient trees which host a large variety of species.  At least 13 species of bat are recorded here and other mammals include brown hare, hedgehog and badger. In 2015, HMG had a similar event in May so it will be interesting to see whether we can track down that elusive Nathusius bat.  Parking arrangements are not yet known but entrance is at SO347428
Contact: Denise Foster via HMG as numbers will be 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

Friday, 25 August 2017, 19.30
City of Angels (of the night!)
Join James Bisset, local ‘batman’ and Herefordshire Mammal Group member, for a Bat walk’n’talk around the banks of the River Wye in Hereford City. After an introduction to these fascinating nocturnal mammals a gentle circular stroll around the Bishops Meadows/King George V fields, Castle Green and Cathedral Close will give you the chance to hear (and hopefully see)
these marvels of the night. Loan bat detectors to translate their ultrasonic calls to your hearing will be available or bring your own detector if you have one. Whole walk will be based around surfaced, public paths. All under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. NO dogs please. Meet at the Swimming Pool Car Park - KGV end of St Martin’s Avenue – look out for James’ Bat-mobile and soft toys! Finish approx. 10pm

Places are limited, visit http://www.herefordshirewt.org/events/2017/07/12/walk-city-angels-night-urban-bat-walk-through-hereford?instance=0 to book your place

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

Monday, 4 September, 2017 19.30
Bats and Roadside Mammal Survey - Analook Training
Venue: TBC
Contact David Lee via HMG

Tuesday, 5 September 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

Monday, 11 September 2017 at 10.00
Bat Box Check - Frith Wood
Frith Wood, Wellington Heath
Meet at wood entrance at SO723405
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

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.