Events

Monthly Bat Group Meeting

3rd April 2024 8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

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

Bat Law Workshop

7th April 2024

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

 

Venue :  Red Hall Hotel Bury. Manchester Road, Walmersley, Bury BL9 5NA

After a long gap this workshop returns to cover the legal side of bat conservation covering all the legislation with case studies and examples galore to bring it to life. If previous workshops are anything to go by this will be a lively affair and nowhere near as dry as the title suggests!

Booking is essential

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

Bat ID Workshop

7th April 2024

1.30 pm – 4 30 pm

Venue :  Red Hall Hotel Bury. Manchester Road, Walmersley, Bury BL9 5NA

Want to be able to identify bats in the hand or in the roost (i.e. not using detectors)? Then this one is for you. An interactive workshop covering all the features you need to know to ID bats in situ.

Booking is essential

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

Bat Walks& Talks Workshop

27th April 2024

9 am – 2.30 pm

Venue :  Bolholt Hotel, Walshaw Road, Bury BL8 1PU

Learn how to present and promote bats on public events such as Bat Walks and Talk and countryside events; This workshop is for those that will help and lead bat walks & Talks on behalf of the group.

Booking is essential

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

21st Rochdale Guides and Rangers Bat Talk

30th April 2024 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Venue: Private Event

An interactive educational presentation for the 21st Rochdale Guides and Rangers by Cat and Sarah from South Lancs Bat Group. The girls will learn all about the fascinating world of bats in the UK and beyond. All under 18s must be supervised by a responsible adult to appropriate rations.

Rochdale Science Extravaganza 2024

5th May 2024

11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Venue : Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ

A first time at this great event with lots of batty activities as well ats lots of other stalls all focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. See https://www.rochdalescience.co.uk/events/ for more!

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

 

Bat Walk

17th May 2024

8.45 pm -10.15 pm ish

 

Venue : Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)

Batty About Bats

Join South Lancashire Bat Group and Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Naomi on a majestic bat walk as the sun starts to fade and dusk draws in.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about bats in their natural environment. You will learn the importance of bats and you may even get to see and hear them.  Learn how to identify different species of bat using bat detectors.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £5, children 16 or under go free. Please bring a torch. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/batty-about-bats-tickets-801460759707

Contact: Booking essential

Bat Detector Workshop

18th May

2024

5.00 pm – 11.00 pm ish

Venue: Tbc

If you have a bat detector but don’t have loads of experience in using it, this course is for you. The workshop will equip you for all the groups’ surveys and the National Bat Monitoring Programme.

 

Booking is essential – Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Prestwich Clough Open Day

19th May 2024

10.30 am – 5.30 pm

Venue : St Marys Flower Park, Prestwich Manchester SD814036

Visit or stall and buy some batty items.

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

Monthly Bat Group Meeting

5th June 2024 8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

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

Lesser Horseshoe NBMP Counts

6th June 2024

8pm till late

Venue: Various in North Wales – details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

Brown Long-Eared & Soprano Pipistrelle NBMP Counts

2nd June 2024 9.00 pm

Venue: Tatton Park, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

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

Lesser Horseshoe NBMP Counts

20th June 2024

8pm – late

Venue: Various in North Wales – details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

Brown Long-Eared & Soprano Pipistrelle NBMP Counts

17th June 2024 9.00 pm

Venue: Tatton Park, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

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

Lesser Horseshoe NBMP Counts – Back-up date

27th June 2024

8pm – late

Venue: Various in North Wales – details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

Manchester Festival of Nature

30th June 2024

11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Venue : Heaton Park Hall, Prestwich, Manchester.

Visit or stall and buy some batty items.

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

Field Survey – NBMP

3rd July 2024 9.30 pm

Venue: Tatton Park, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

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

Field Survey – NBMP

19th July 2024 9.10 pm

Venue: Tatton Park, details will be emailed nearer the time.

Booking essential – reply to the email

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

Millpond Surveys start, every night for about a week!

2nd August 2024 8.00 pm

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

For the start of the 2024 survey

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

Waterway Survey – NBMP

10th August 2024

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

16th August 2024– 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

4th September 2024 8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

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

National BCT Bat Conference

13-15th September, 2024.

Venue: Hybrid event at (venue tbc)  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

Bat Walk

20th September 2024

8.00 pm -10.00 pm ish

 

Venue : Lyme Park Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR

Batty About Bats

Join South Lancashire Bat Group on a majestic bat walk as the sun starts to fade and dusk draws in.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about bats in their natural environment. You will learn the importance of bats and you may even get to see and hear them.  Learn how to identify different species of bat using bat detectors.

Booking tbc, but see Lyme Park Events website

Contact: Booking essential

Monthly Bat Group Meeting 2nd October 2024

8.00 pm

 

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

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

Bat Box Check,

Tatton Park

5th October, 2024

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

5th October, 2024

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

2nd November 2024

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

Hibernation Workshop

Tbc

Venue: Tbc

As we approach hibernating bat season and the start of hibernation surveys, fond out all you need to know to really understand the impacts of disturbing bats at this sensitive time of year and find out that they are not sleeping when in hibernation, and the energy the process demands.

 

Booking is essential – Steve Parker at enquiry@slbg.org.uk or 0161 7648850

Monthly Bat Group Meeting

4th December 2024 8.00 pm

Venue: Venue: Online – Zoom Meeting

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

Wales Hibernation Survey

TBC – December 2024 9.30 am till sunset

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

TBC – January 2025 9.30 am till sunset

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

TBC – January 2025 9.30 am till sunset

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

5th February 2025 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 suitable gloves and mask and have 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 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 public 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, or is available on request.

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