Events

Millpond Surveys start, every night for about a week!

29th July 2023 8.00 pm

Venue: Meet in the car park of Safestore Bury, Crostons Rd, Bury BL8 1AF SD796112

For the start of the 2023 survey

Contact: Steve Parker, Clare Sefton, Paul Robinson enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Small Myotis Surveys Start

4th August 2023 8.00 pm ish

Venue: TBC

Contact: Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Waterway Survey – NBMP

7th August 2023

9.15 pm

Venue: Ramsbottom, Bury, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

Contact: Steve Parker enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Waterway Survey – NBMP

18th August 2023– 9.00 pm

Venue: Ramsbottom, Bury, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

Contact: Steve Parker enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Monthly Bat Group Meeting

6th September 2023 8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

Contact: Brian Robinson at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Springwater Park LNR Bat Walk

Thursday 7th September 2023

8.00pm – 10.30 pm

Venue: Public Car Park off Lily Hill St, Radcliffe

A wonderful night time walk through Springwater Park , Bury’s newest Local Nature Reserve to seek out our resident bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

This is a bookable event NOW FULLY BOOKED

Contact at Liz Postlethwaite

Lovespringwaterpark@gmail.com

Bat Walk

 

Venue: Woodbank Park, Stockport             

Date and Time:  7.30 pm – 9.30 pm, 8th September 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Meet at the Kindling Trust site (former Council plant nursery)

The site is in Woodbank Park in Stockport, it’s the Park Lane entrance to the park, the growing site just inside the park on the right, just 100m or so.  The best way to find us is to type ‘FarmStart Woodbank’ into google maps (the address is Park Ln, Stockport SK1 4JS).  If you’re coming by car there’s a carpark very close to the site, look up directions to Little Moor Lane. Stockport, SK1 4HW. The carpark is at the end of Little Moor Lane (just past Woodbank Community Centre).

Short introductory talk followed by a wonderful night-time walk through Woodbank Park to seek out our resident bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by responsible adult, parent or guardian.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a torch.

Contact: For Booking – The Kindling Trust https://kindling.org.uk/EventBooking . General info Steve Parker via enquiry@slbg.org.uk

Highfield Country Park Bat Walk

Saturday 9th September 7.30pm

 

Venue: Highfield Country Park, Levenshulme

An evening with bats! Join us for an event dedicated to these fascinating animals. Following a short presentation, we will head toward the park to find out where bats are!

Booking essential, event organised by Friends of Highfield Country Park, email enquiry@slbg.org.uk for further details

Bat Talk & Walk

 

Venue: 7 Acres Country Park, Bolton   

Date and Time:  6.15 pm – 9.00 pm, 14th September 2023

 

 

 

Venue: Meet at the Environmental Resource Centre, Bury & Bolton Road, Bolton BL2 6DH

A full slide based bat talk followed by a wonderful night-time walk through the Park to seek out our resident bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by responsible adult, parent or guardian.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a torch.

Contact: For Booking – Lancashire Wildlife Trust. General info Steve Parker via enquiry@slbg.org.uk

National BCT Bat Conference

15-17th September, 2023.

Venue: Hybrid event at Nottingham University or online at Your House, virtually. Your choice. Bit its better in person.

The National BCT Bat Conference returns.

Loads of talks/presentations, posters and workshops, with a Bat Walk on the

www.bats.org.uk for further details

Platt Fields Bat Walk

Saturday 16th September

18:45 to 20:30

 

The Lakeside Centre

Platt Fields Park

Off Mabfield Road

M14 6JA

NGR: SJ 85179 94381

Brief talk followed by a walk around the lake to explore the amazing world of bats.

Easy access. Under 16s must be accompanied a responsible adult.

Contact Simon Holden at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850 for further details.

Bat Walk

Wednesday 20th September

18:45 to 20:15

 

Venue: This event is only for members of the 1st Withington Cub Scouts and is not open to the public.

Brief talk followed by a walk around the lake to explore the amazing world of bats.

Contact Simon Holden at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850 for further details.

Bat Walk

Venue: Woodbank Park, Stockport             

Date and Time:  7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, 21st September 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Meet at the Kindling Trust site (former Council plant nursery)

The site is in Woodbank Park in Stockport, it’s the Park Lane entrance to the park, the growing site just inside the park on the right, just 100m or so.  The best way to find us is to type ‘FarmStart Woodbank’ into google maps (the address is Park Ln, Stockport SK1 4JS).  If you’re coming by car there’s a carpark very close to the site, look up directions to Little Moor Lane. Stockport, SK1 4HW. The carpark is at the end of Little Moor Lane (just past Woodbank Community Centre).

Short introductory talk followed by a wonderful night-time walk through Woodbank Park to seek out our resident bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by responsible adult, parent or guardian.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a torch.

Contact: For Booking – The Kindling Trust https://kindling.org.uk/EventBooking . General info Steve Parker via enquiry@slbg.org.uk

Bat Walk

 

Venue: Bolton area       

Date and Time:  7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, 21st September 2023

 

Venue: Private event for a Bolton High School, not open to the public.

General info Steve Parker via enquiry@slbg.org.uk

Bold Venture Park Bat Walk, Darren

Thursday 21st September 2023

7pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Borough Road Entrance to Bold Venture Park, Darwin

A wonderful night time walk through Bold Venture Park to seek out our resident bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Booking not required, just turn up

Contact Rachel, Friends of Bold Venture Park

Retrobat23@gmail.com

Ladybarn Park

Friday 22nd September 2023 – 7.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Ladybarn Park, Parsonage Road, Withington,

M20 4NL

A wonderful night time walk through Ladybarn Park to seek out our local bats. Find out all about them on a fascinating evening with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent or guardian.

Booking essential.

Contact: Friends of Labybarn Park

Bat Walk in the Sett Valley

28th September 2023

Venue: Sett Valley Café, Station Road, Birch Vale

High Peak, SK22 1BP

Meet at the Café and enjoy a delicious home cooked light supper. Sarah Rowley will give a short talk, followed by a guided walk along the Sett Valley Trail to seek out the resident bats.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by responsible adult, parent or guardian.

Contact: Pre booking essential via  https://settvalleycafe.com/ or email hello@settvalleycafe.com

Venue: Woodbank Park, Stockport             

Date and Time:  18.45 pm – 20.00 pm, 2nd October 2023

 

Private event for Stockport Autism Social Group.
Monthly Bat Group Meeting 4th October 2023

8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

Contact: Brian Robinson at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Bat Box Check,

Tatton Park

7th October, 2023

12.00 pm

 

Venue: Tatton Park. Meeting place tbc

Bat box checks at the wonderful Tatton Park

Booking Essential

Contact: Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Cheese Night,

Tatton Park

7th October, 2023

6.00 pm

Venue: Tatton Park. Meeting place tbc

The annual event to mark the end of survey season.

Booking Essential.

Contact: Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Bat Box Check, Haigh Country Park / Duxbury Woods

21st October 2023

9.30 am

 

Venue: Haigh CP Hall Lane Wigan

Yarrow Bridge Pub Bolton Rd (A6)

Meet at Haigh at 9.30 am, after checking these boxes we’ll move onto Duxbury, finishing with a drink in the pub to warm us up!

Booking Essential

Contact: Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Bat Talk

Lamppost, Burrs Country Park

7.00 pm

5th December, 2023

Venue: Lamppost

Private Talk for Friends of Burrs AGM

Contact: Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Monthly Bat Group Meeting

6th December 2023 8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

Contact: Brian Robinson at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Wales Hibernation Survey

TBC – December 2023 9.30 am till sunset

Venue: Wales – details will be sent to invited parties.
Hibernation Survey

TBC – January 2024 9.30 am till sunset

Venue: Around South Lancashire – details will be sent to invited parties.
Wales Hibernation Survey

TBC – January 2024 9.30 am till sunset

Venue: Wales – details will be sent to invited parties.
Bat Group AGM

7th February 2024 7.30 pm

 

Venue: TBC. Hopefully in person.

All welcome, book using the email, so we have enough refreshments!

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Contact: Brian Robinson at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

South Lancashire Bat Group is covered under a Public Liability Insurance policy, but no Personal Liability is covered. Anyone taking part in bat group events, including bat box checks, bat walks and hibernation site checks, does so at their own risk, and must be member of the group. South Lancashire Bat Group recommends the wearing of gloves and an up to date rabies vaccination when regularly handling bats (speak to a Trustee for more guidance on when this is needed), which should be carried out in accordance with the current guidance from the Bat Conservation Trust.

Throughout the winter, various Hibernation surveys will be arranged, however these are by invite only.

Training workshops are available to members of the South Lancashire Bat Group as they are intended for group members to expand their knowledge and provide better understanding of bats and increase skills to benefit bat conservation through the work of the group. The workshops are not suitable for those specifically seeking licence training for consultancy, but will be useful for all.

Anyone wanting to attend any SLBG event in order to obtain experience and then subsequent signing of any log-book, must notify the event leader only, prior to the event(s), as SLBG has a policy in place for this.

Trapping surveys will be arranged for the group, by email to all members. At the time of writing these surveys include the National Nathusius Pipistrelle Project and the Small Myotis Project. Places can be requested but may be limited due to the nature of the survey type. Where place cancellations cannot be filled, this may lead to reduced invites to future surveys.

For SLBG members who want to book events, please note we now have a policy for this in line with our insurance and safeguarding arrangements. The policy can be seen in both the Members page, and Governance pages of the website.

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