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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
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 7pm-9pm
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 email@example.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.