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BAT WALKS

Surrey Bat Group leads a number of bat walks each summer, often for organisations such as the National Trust. They are usually held between May and September.
Members of the public will usually need to book in advance, and they may be charged for attendance, but bat group members with detectors are encouraged to come along and help out.
After Covid disrupted our plans for 2020/21, we are able to lead walks again this summer. We'll post details here as they are finalised.

Saturday 9 July  - Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust)
08.45pm - 10.45pm  
Adult £16, Children £8.  Pre-booking essential

Saturday 6 August - Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust)
08.15pm - 10.15pm
   Adult £16, Children £8.  Pre-booking essential

Friday 15th July/Saturday 16th July - Haslemere Walking Festival
Imbhams Farm, Haslemere 
08.45pm - 10.45pm
Booking details available soon.

TRAINING
We currently plan to carry out various activities such as trapping and radio tracking surveys, leading bat walks and promoting bat conservation at various open days etc. We will contact all members by email with details of these and of training opportunities shortly. Note that anyone attending surveys involving close contact with bats will likely be expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid and to have a negative LFT within the preceding 24 hours.

BAT SURVEYS  

The group usually undertakes a number of bat surveys each year.
Let  Lynn and Ross know if you are interested in helping out.

SHOWS & DISPLAYS

Surrey Bat Group is often invited to take part in events with a wildlife or conservation theme, usually in the summer. If you can help by manning the Bat Group stand at one of them for part (or all!) of a day please
let Ross and Lynn know.

Event details will be published here as soon as they are known.

BAT BOX CHECKS

The group has a number of well established bat box schemes in the county and we undertake checks of these periodically in spring and autumn. Please contact Ross or Lynn if you would like to come along. Details will be sent to those on our e-mail list.

INDOOR MEETINGS 

Our indoor meetings are held between Ocober and March. They will be at the National Trustís Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR.
Wharf Road is off Woodbridge Road, on the southern side of the cricket ground. Go to the end of Wharf Road, through the National Trust gate on the right (if the gate is locked someone will be along soon to open it), along a road over
speed bumps to the car park on the left. We meet in the tearoom there. Meetings start at 8pm.
Details will be posted here as soon as finalised.

HIBERNATION SITE CHECKS

During the course of the winter we usually carry out a programme of hibernation site checks at various venues throughout the county. Surveys are done during December, January and February.
For conservation reasons places on these visits are extremely limited but please let Ross and Lynn know if you are interested in attending one.
The Box Hill area 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 over about 4 hours.

 

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