Events

Welcome to the events page

Northumberland Bat Group events will be posted here. This page will be subject to regular updates, so do keep checking for new dates for bat walks, talks and surveys. To come on one of our events you will need to be a NBG member. This is free and easy to do. All you have to do is sign up to our mailing list. Once you are signed up, you are effectively a “member”. How easy is that?

Aydon Castle Dusk Bat Survey

Saturday October 7th, meeting by the castle at 18:00

Aydon Castle is home to common pipistrelles, brown long-eared bats and Natterer’s bats. This is a chance to see the bats flying ass they emerge; it is late in the season so we do not know if the bats will still be there, but if you dont look…

We will have some bat detectors to share and there will be lots of interesting kit to have a look at.

We are meeting by the castle, the car park is at NZ001665 and it is a short walk down. The post code for Aydon Castle is NE45 5PJ . Please can you let Tina know if you are planning to come, by email: malinka1999@btinternet.com

Cragside House Bat Survey

Friday October 6th, meeting by the house at 18:00

Cragside House is a known brown long-eared bat roost, with other species no doubt present too. This is an end of season bat night get together, please come along and help us find the bats!

We are meeting down by the house, park in the main car park at NU072024 and it is a five minute walk down. The post code for Cragside is NE65 7PX. Please can you let Tina know if you are planning to come to arrange access: malinka1999@btinternet.com

Bat Walks 2023

This year we have decided to do some bat walks in spring rather than just doing them all in August September. Below is the list of walks to date with who to contact if interested. For a couple of the walks, we are still awaiting confirmation, so the contact and google pin has been omitted. As soon as the event is confirmed it will be updated.

Please email contact to say you are interested in coming; providing your name, number in party and location of walk. This means that a) we know to turn up as we are expecting people, and b) if the weather turns bad, then we can let you know that the event is cancelled.

The bat walks last between 1 – 1.5 hours, generally walking over flattish terrain, but some walks do follow foot paths so may not be wheel chair friendly – please email organiser to request further information. For each walk, please bring warm clothes, walking shoes and a flash light, then we can provide you with a bat detector and give you a short lesson on how to use it. Walks are generally limited to 20 people, so emailing the organiser is a must. Children welcome. Cost Northumberland Bat Group organised bat walks is voluntary, we will bring a donation box, but suggest £2 per person, but it is up to you! Walks organised thorugh other entities may vary.

 

Nathusius Pipistrelle Project

Graeme and Mandy have been busy scheduling the next Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project survey nights. The nights proposed for survey are:

  • Friday 7th April
  • Friday 21st April
  • Friday 5th May
  • Friday 19th May

For at least the first of these nights, we will be in the coastal area near Druridge Bay and the night will involve transect surveys with detectors seeing if Nathusius’ pipistrelles are still present at sites we know they used in previous years.

Later in the season, we plan to be catching and ringing bats (once the National Nathusius’ Project trapping licence is approved).

If you want to come along and get involved, please email nathusiusproject@northumberlandbats.org.uk letting us know what night you would like to join us. If you could also provide a mobile contact number in your email as well (in case of any last-minute change of plans) that would be great.

All levels of bat experience welcome! Don’t worry if you haven’t done much (or any) bat work before. We can pair you with someone more experienced. (So it would be useful if people could let us know what, if anything, they have done before).

We do need to manage numbers of people (to keep things manageable and make sure we have enough equipment to go around) so places are on a first come first served basis for each night, but moderated so that everyone gets a chance to get involved.

Meeting times and places will be emailed out to attendees nearer each survey night.

One last thing, for insurance purposes you need to be a member of Northumberland Bat Group to join these surveys. No worries if you are not, it is easy and free to join… Just click on the contact us page and sign up to the newsletter.

Other events to be added when organised....

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