Activities for members

We aim to organise events of interest to our members, and would be interested to hear members' ideas for additional activities.

Examples of activities include

Bat box inspections

These are walks around a site where a number of bat boxes have been installed at a location such as Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve or Kenilworth Common. The walks are led by a member of the group who is licensed to handle bats. The members of the group are asked to help carry ladders and other equipment (such as spare boxes). The licensed member(s) of the group go up the ladders to check each bat box to ascertain whether there is evidence that it has been (or is being) used by bats .

Surveys

There are two lesser horseshoe bat roosts in Warwickshire and the number of bats using them is monitored by conducting emergence surveys on two evenings in July. Some members also monitor roosts of less rare bats and invitations are issued to members wishing to participate.

The BCT organises volunteers across the UK to survey a range of species. There are a number of sites in Warwickshire which have been monitored by members for several years and others which need monitors. Contact the group's project/survey coordinator if you think you might like to get involved.

We have our own harp trap which is used during some surveys and may be borrowed by suitably licenced members.

Training

We offer training for members including detector skills workshops and roost visitor training although we are unable to offer training to the level required for obtaining a bat licence.

Walks and Talks

The bat group responds to requests from organisations wishing to host bat walks. Members volunteer their time to lead walks and give an introductory talk about bats. If you want a walk and introductory talk for your organisation, please get in touch with our walks and talks coordinator. It will be useful if you look at the risk assessment template first, as the co-ordinator and the walk leader may not have local knowledge. For example, Will your group include people who know the area well? - it's surprisingly easy to get lost in woods at night! More populated areas, such as parks, may have hazards from other people or dogs, and we normally expect parents to take responsibility for the safety of children. It will be useful if you can think through such issues when you contact the co-ordinator.

Members are encouraged to get experience in leading a bat walk and giving talks about bats. If you want to know more about getting involved in this way, get in touch with the group's walks and talks coordinator.

We aim to organise talks about bats and their habitats which will be of interest to our members and the wider public, and would be interested to hear members' ideas for topics/speakers for future talks.

To see the current list of events, visit the what's on section.

Talks are generally held at The Kenilworth Centre and your can view a map to find it here. (Yes, The Kenilworth Centre is actually in the car park behind the shops!)

To see short reports on recent activities, see the News section