Find us on

iconFacebookWhite batgrouplogo

Batty events

Summer Events 2018


Our varied and interesting Winter 2017-2018 events calendar has now finished. On reviewing the events at the AGM (March 2018) it was apparent that despite the bats being in hibernation, that we (as NBG members) had all been quite busy, both with talks and with Tina's hibernation surveys.


So, on with the summer events: Most of the completed events have now been deleted... Just to keep things simple.


Gibside Survey Dates

Gibside (Gateshead, a National Trust Property) will supply bat detectors to use for the surveys, but if you have your own torch it would be handy if you could 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. Or if you have any questions, please contact her on 01207 541 825 or email


Emergence Surveys


  • Tues 1st May   - Quick refresher and survey of the Chapel.  Meet in the car park at 8.15pm.

  • Thurs 10th May    – Hall.  Meet in car park  at 8.30pm.

  • Wed 16th May  – Garden Cottage and Walls.  Meet in car park at 8.45pm.

  • Mon 21st May – Stables.  Meet in car park at 8.45pm.

  • Tues 29th May – Orangery Meet in car park at 9pm.

  • Mon 4th June    – Cut Thorn Farm.  Meet in car park at 9pm.

  • Friday 29th June   –  Stables.  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 4th July (meeting at 9.45pm) and Thurs 19th July (meeting at 9.30pm).


NBMP Waterway survey Thurs 9th August (meeting at 8.45pm) and Monday 27st August (meeting at 8.15pm).


Friday 13th July, Brinkburn Priory - Organised by Tina Wiffen.


Brinkburn Priory is an important bat roost, home to at least five bat species. Northumberland Bat Group will be counting these roosts out on Friday 13th July.


We will be meeting at 21:15 in the car park, the car park is at NZ118986 and the post code for Brinkburn Priory is NE65 8AR.


This is always a great night, lots of bat activity plus noctule feeding low over the site and the River Coquet which runs close by. We need a few people to cover all the exits, so more people to help will make the task a lot easier - and fun!


Please can you let Tina know if you are planning to come, or if you have any further questions. Her Email is:




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.