Members' Information Page

Using the Google Group

The principal method we use for communication between members is a Google Group. You must join the bat group before we give you access to the Google Group. When you join the bat group we will add your email address to the Google Group. There are essentially two ways of using the Google Group:

  • You can use it from your email Inbox. You can wait until a message comes into your Inbox and read it and delete it, just as you would with any other email. You can also reply to it in the normal way. When you click reply, your message goes to the eGroup, not just to the person who sent the email. If you want to reply to the person who sent the email, rather than the whole Group, you can use the person's email which appears in the body of the message - although that sort of negates the idea of a discussion group with everyone able to talk to everyone else. You can also proactively send emails to the Group - and hopefully initiate a discussion - by typing the group email address, , into the To space of your email template.
  • You can use the Google Groups website. (https://groups.google.com/group/warksbats) . In order to do this you do need to have a Google account. Note this is NOT the same as having a Google mail account. You use your own email address (whichever one you gave us when you joined the Bat Group - it's the one that the emails come into) but you will need to set up a password for it. This gives you access to all the messages that have been posted to the group (useful if you deleted one and then realised you wanted it!). You can reply to them from here, too. Helpfully, every time you receive an email from the google group, it gives you the website address in the standard text at the bottom of the email

Either way, to ensure you continue to receive the Group emails (so they don't go into your Spam folder) it's a good idea to make the group email address one of your contacts, or specify it as trusted (depending on your email system)

One thing you can only do from the website is go into the My Settings menu near the top right of the page (next to the cogwheel for general settings). Here you can edit the name which appears on your emails to the group and also you can set whether emails to the group come to you singly, as they arrive, or as a daily summary.


Reference

At the moment we are using The Kenilworth Centre for meetings as it is accessible by public transport. Here is a map. (Yes, The Kenilworth Centre is actually in the car park behind the shops!)

Map showing the location of Warwick Wildlife Trust's Brandon Marsh site. This has been the location for the various bat group events in the past. (Jan 2006, pdf, 42Kb)


Misc

Photographs of a recently discovered Barbastelle roost (July 2008, pdf, 743Kb).


Resources

We have developed a presentation which members can use they need to give a talk about bats. Please contact the committee at if you want a copy of this presentation.

Pill box conversion supplied by Jo White (Feb 2009, pdf, 153kb)

Update on Amendments to the Habitats Regulations in the UK. (Feb 2008, MS Word, 32Kb)

Barbastelle-Heterodyne at 32kHz : barbastelle recorded using a heterodyne bat detector (e.g. Bat Box, DUET, Mini-3). The detector is tuned to 32kHz. Note the castanets sounding section near the start of the sequence as the bat alternates between two call types. (May 2007, wav, 2.1Mb)

Barbastelle-TE: Very short sequence of a time-expanded barbastelle echolocation call. (May 2007, wav, 87Kb)

Guidelines for Surveyors (June 2006, MS Word, 25Kb)
Guidelines for Surveyors on surveys of WWT reserves. Summer 2006.


Bat group business

The Warwickshire Bat Group Constitution. (March 2012, pdf, 77Kb), accepted as the constitution for the group at the AGM on 12th March 2012.

Roles of Committee Members of the bat group. (March 2012, pdf, 99Kb).

The Bat Conservation Trust's Insurance Policy (Jan 2005, MS Word, 139Kb)
A briefing document for batgroups from Nick Tomlinson (BCT) containing a summary of BCT's affiliation insurance. It is, of course, not a full statement of the policy but does set out the main points.

Risk Assessment Template for use when planning bat walks. (May 2014, MS Word, 45Kb).