19 October 2017 - AGM: our yearly roundup with the results of this year’s surveys and other activities. Come along to hear these, as well as to meet up with other members, elect officers and have a say in bat group activities for the coming year.
16 November 2017 – What have bats ever done for us? by Dr Clive Nuttman. The talk explores bat–plant associations and the concept of ecosystem services and the 'value' that bats provide for humans (aside from the obvious that they are wonderful animals!).
21 December 2017– The bats of Zambia, by Ross Baker. Exploring the spectacular and colourful bat fauna encountered on two recent trips with “Zambats”.
18 January 2018 – Smart bat detectors, by Professor Kate Jones, UCL. Can networks of new automated detectors help us understand how wildlife is being impacted by rapid environmental change?
15 February 2018 – (to be confirmed) The evolution of bats, by Lisa Worledge, Bat Conservation Trust. Fossil evidence for bats goes back many millions of years and it is likely that the earliest bats were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. But what ancestor did bats evolve from? What was the first bat? Which came first flight or echolocation? How are the bat species around today related to one another? This presentation will consider all of these questions and look at what the latest research tells us about the evolutionary history of these amazing animals.
22 March 2018 – Bats in the Purbecks, by Nick Tomlinson, Dorset Bat Group. Including exciting new research on autumn swarming around some of Dorset’s sea caves.
HIBERNATION SITE CHECKS
The checks last all day with a pub lunch and comprise Westhumble chalk mine in the morning with Betchworth and Brockham limekilns in the afternoon, and finishing at Box Hill Fort. Godstone is a series of old mines that we usually do without a break.
SHOWS & DISPLAYS
The group usually undertakes a
number of bat surveys each year.
BAT BOX CHECKS
Surrey Bat Group leads a number of
bat walks each summer, often for organisations such as the National Trust. They
are usually held between June and September.
Details of 2018 bat walks will be posted here as soon as they are finalised.