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Batty events

Winter Get-togethers 2017 - 2018


We are planning on holding social evenings on the third Thursday of each month, starting on 16th November week finishing in April.  This will give members and new-comers a chance to socialise, find out about any bat activities that are being planned and get updates on current projects.  Part of the evening will be either a short talk on a bat related topic or a workshop style session.



Indoor Talks:  

These will be updated as speakers are confirmed:

  • Thursday 14th December 6.30pm The Bridge, Newcastle NE1 1RQ.            (Christmas social) 

  • Wednesday 24th January 2018 - Change of date! 7pm at the Great North Museum - Talk about Bats in Georgia, including lots of pictures of horseshoe bats!

  • Thursday 15th February 2018

  • Thursday 15th March 2018 - (plus Annual General Meeting)

Bats at Sea

Hugh Watson has had bat detectors deployed on the Farnes and other islands off the Northumberland coast since 2012.  He will talk about the background to the project, its findings so far, and the implications for bat conservation.

  • Thursday 19th April 2018


All talks will be held in the NHSN Council Room in the Great North Museum: Hancock and will start at 7pm with the exception of the Christmas Social.


Hibernation surveys:

The dates are:

  • Sunday 3rd Dec

  • Friday 15th Dec

  • Friday 29th Dec

  • Sat 13th Jan

  • Thurs 18th Jan

  • Tues 6th Feb

  • Thurs 22nd Feb


You will need: wellies, old warm clothes that you dont mind getting dirty, torches with lots of spare batteries and maybe also a change of boots/socks (I know I will, I always get wet!!). Bring lunch, snacks and a flask, it will be cold!


If you are interested in/able to come along please email Tina Wiffen. Her email address is on the member's email which was sent out in November. If you do not have this email, and would like to join the hibernation surveys, please use the CONTACT form to ask for further information.

Parti-coloured bat sonogram

Call sequence of the parti-coloured bat.

Loads bat tat

Bat tat ready for Halloween!

Nathusius wing veination

Wing venation, important for species identification. This image shows the wing membrane of a Nathusius pipistrelle.