Programme of activities

Leicestershire & Rutland Bat Group hold bat talks and walks from spring to autumn.  In the winter, hibernation surveys are carried out.  We also have our bat stand at various events throughout Leicestershire and Rutland.

Upcoming events

Summer Programme 2021

E-Mail: batevents@outlook.com

NB – As with all evening walks, even in summer the weather can be cool after sunset.  Bring warm clothes and a torch.  If the weather looks ‘iffy’ it is worth checking with the named contact that the event will be going ahead.  If it is throwing it down with rain the walk is unlikely to go ahead.

National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) This scheme is run by the Bat Conservation Trust.  It involves evening counts at roosts in June of four species – Natterer’s, Brown Long-eared, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle – and two types of field transect surveys:  the Noctule, Serotine, Pipistrelle field survey (undertaken in July) and the waterways survey for Daubenton’s bats (undertaken in August).

Dusk and Dawn surveys: These are carried out to record the number of bats using roosts, either as they leave at dusk or return at dawn. Bat detectors will be provided or bring your own. Novices can be paired up with others with more experience. Most roosts have a single species so no identification skills are needed but hearing and seeing many bats of the same species is good ID practice. Surveys normally run in the very early morning or until late at night and involve quite a bit of sitting around waiting for something to happen so are not normally suitable for children.

Walks: These are walks around locations where bats are likely to be seen, lead by members of the bat group who can help with identifying bats and giving information. Good for the family and those who are just starting to get into bats. Bat detectors will be provided or bring your own.

May

Tuesday 25th. Dusk survey at Hoby Church, LE14.

Wednesday 25th. Dawn survey at Hoby Church, LE14.

Thursday 27th. Walk at Watermead Country Park, Leicester.

A walk around the park with a chance to see different bat species over open ground and the water.

June

Wednesday 9th June. Dusk survey at Egleton Church, Rutland, LE15.

Thursday 10th. Charnwood Lodge, Shepshed, dusk survey.

Friday 11th. Dusk survey at Branston in Rutland Church, LE15.

Saturday 12th. Dusk survey at Chitterman Grange, Ulverscroft, LE67.

Thursday 17th. Charnwood Lodge, Shepshed, dusk survey.

Friday 18th. Dusk survey at Egleton Church, Rutland, LE15.

Monday 21st. Dusk survey at Braunston in Rutland Church, LE15.

Thursday 24th June. Dusk survey at Chitterman Grange, Ulverscroft, LE67.

July

Friday 16th. Walk at Zouch, LE12.

A walk along the water with a chance to see Daubentons and other species feeding on or around the river.

Wednesday 21st. Dusk survey at Hoby Church, LE14.

August

Friday 13th. Walk at Charnwood Water, Loughborough.

A walk around the lake with a chance to see Daubentons feeding on the water and other species around.

September

Wednesday 1st. Dusk survey at Hoby Church, LE14.

Saturday 11th. Walk at Lyndon Reserve, Rutland Water.

Further events will be added as the season progresses. Please keep a look out for more e-mails and updates to the program.

We hope to see you soon at one of our events.

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