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?

Postponed - NBG AGM - 30th March 2020 - Great North Museum

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and consequent government recommendations, the AGM will be postponed until later in the year. 

This is notice that the NBG AGM will be held on 30th March at 6.30pm, at the Great North Museum. If anyone is interested in joining the committee, please feel free to email via the CONTACT-US link and make yourself known; as anyone wishing to be nominated for a committee position needs to be nominated 14 days before the AGM. For more information about the committee and the member’s roles please click on the what we do page.

Following the AGM part of the evening, which won’t take long, there will be a few short presentations from members of the group to update you on the activities that were undertaken last year, such as the Nathusius project.

So why not come along and meet everyone, drink tea, eat biscuits, find out what we got up to in 2019 and help plan activities in to 2020.

Bonus Bat Talk

The Newcastle RSPB Members Group is hosting a talk on Bats and bat research at RSPB Geltsdale in Cumbria. The group have generously opened the talk to Northumberland bat group members too. It should be a really interesting talk, providing an insight in to Cumbria’s bat populations. The talk is being given by Northumberland Bat Group Member and Trainer, Tina Wiffen.

  • Date: 3rd March 2020
  • Start: Doors open at 18:30 for the talk at 19:00
  • Location: Mea House, Ellison Place in Newcastle, NE1 8XS on the fifth floor (ask at reception)
  • Cost: There is a small charge for the talk (£3).
  • Further information: RSPB Members Group Newcastle

Winter Bat Talks

A range of bat talks will be organised over the winter months – January to April. As each date is confirmed it will be added here with information on the venue, talk content and if you need to sign up.

Thursday 30th January 2020 at 7pm-9pm

Bat poo, crumbles not sticky
Bat poo, crumbly, not sticky!

What’s in that Poo?

Identification of insect remains in bat droppings.

Equipment provided, but bring along any bat droppings you may have (not from long-term captive bats), to try and identify what the bat has eaten – All welcome.

Event location: the NHSN Council Room at the Great North Museum: Hancock

NBMP Hibernation surveys

I’m planning the NBMP hibernation surveys for 2019-20. We have been surveying the same sites since 2014 and are really starting to build up a picture of how the bats are using these sites.

The dates for the surveys are:

  • Tuesday 10th Dec – completed
  • Sunday 22nd Dec – completed
  • Saturday 25th January – completed
  • Wednesday 19th February – over subscribed

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, the adits are all wet. Bring lunch, snacks and a flask, it will be cold!

If you have a caving helmet/hard hat that you are able to bring along that would be great, I have a few to lend out if not.

If you are interested in/able to come along please email me on malinka1999@btinternet.com. As ever, places are on a first come first served basis, but moderated so that everyone gets a chance to attend at least one survey. So I am very happy for you to book loads (but please give me dates, rather than ‘can I do everything please?’) but please be aware that as others request places, yours will be reduced to meet that criteria.

As we are entering known hibernacula, each team will need at least one licence holder, please can you let me know if you have a Class 2 survey licence , thanks.

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.

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