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Events (Talks, Walks and Surveys) 2019

Dust off your detectors night - Friday 26th April 7pm - midnight.


NBG Dust off your detectors night: Surveying for Bats - Bioblitz at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve - Friday 26th April 7pm - midnight


As part of the City Nature Challenge there is going to be a bioblitz at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.  This event is being held to record as many species as possible within a specified time.  Daytime activities ie botany, small mammal trapping, bird counts are being held on Saturday 27th April. Bats fly at night, so the bat surveys will take place the evening before the main daytime activities.


If you would like to help and take part in the bat surveying evening, please email to reserve a place and find out more about the event.  If you have a bat detector and/or recording device please bring it along with you.  The bat group also have some bat detectors that we will have available for use.  

Roost count - Land of Joy, Greenhaugh, (near Bellingham) - Friday 24th May, at 8:45pm - 11pm ish.


Land of Joy has a common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and a brown long-eared roost, join us for a night to count them out and find their exit points. Part of the roof was replaced following advice after a voluntary bat roost visit in 2016, it will be good to see how the bats have adapted to their new roof.


Meet at Land of Joy, Greenhaugh, NY795870 at 20:45. Please let me know if you are planning to come, to confirm your place, pelase email Tina Wiffen:

Gibside Bat Survey Dates 2019 (in conjunction with the National Trust)


Gibside will supply bat detectors to use for the surveys, but if you have your own torch please bring it along.  Remember to wear warm clothes and insect repellent. If it is raining heavily, then the surveys don’t go ahead.  


Meeting times are in the information below, and the surveys carry on until it gets dark, which can be late at the end of May and in June.


Please let Helen McDonald know ahead of the survey, if you’re planning to come along.


If you have any questions, please contact Helen on 07917 550 758 or email


Emergence Surveys


  • Wednesday 8th May   - Quick refresher and emergence survey of the Orangery.  Meet in the car park at 8.30pm.


  • Monday 13th May    – Stables.  Meet in car park  at 8.20pm.


  • Tuesday 21st May  – Garden Cottage and Walls.  Meet in car park at 8.45pm.


  • Thursday 30th May – Hall.  Meet in car park at 8.45pm.


  • Monday 3rd June – Chapel. Meet in car park at 9.15pm.


  • Thursday 13th June  – Stables.  Meet in car park at 9pm.


  • Tuesday 2nd July   –  Farm.  Meet in car park at  9.15pm


July and August


We will be carrying out the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) transect surveys again in July and August.


  • NBMP Field survey Wed 10th July (meeting at 9.30pm) and Tuesday 23rd July (meeting at 9.20pm).


  • NBMP Waterway survey Thurs 8th August (meeting at 8.30pm) and Monday 26st August (meeting at 8pm).