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Lincs Bat Group AGM

The Bat Group AGM is on March 5th 2018, 8pm at the Admiral Rodney, Horncastle.

This will be a short meeting to round up the year, and also our election of next year’s officers. Everyone is very welcome to join us.

The next General Bat Group Meeting will be on 26th March 2018, 8pm at the Admiral Rodney Inn, Horncastle. Everyone very welcome. If you have anything you wish to be added to the agenda please contact Dot Howes.

These will both be followed by a social time or a short talk. It would be lovely to see any new members.

Missing Magenta Detector

We are currently missing a Magenta Detector for the South/Central set, No. 6. If anyone has this or knows where it is, can you please contact Annette to reunite it with the rest of the set, please.

Change in CEO at BCT from April 1st, 2018.

After nearly 20 years at BCT Julia has decided it is time to move on to new challenges and will be leaving at the end of March. She will remain as Joint CEO with Kit until the end of March 2018, when Kit will take over as full-time CEO on 1 April 2018.

Julia feels deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to lead such a great organisation, doing such brilliant work for bats, and working with highly skilled and committed volunteers, supporters and partners. She will very much miss BCT and partners but plans to stay involved as a supporter.

Kit is looking forward to continuing to work with you all going forwards, and hopefully meeting up with some of you at regional and national events coming up this year.

Best wishes
Julia and Kit

Kit Stoner and Julia Hanmer
Joint Chief Executive
Job Share – covered by Julia Hanmer Monday-Wednesday am  and Kit Stoner Wednesday-Friday

Bat Conservation Trust
Quadrant House, 250 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD
+ 44 20 7820 7171 (direct line)
+ 44 20 7820 7178 (Janet Baumkotter, PA)
National Bat Helpline: 0345 1300 228

The new PHE Rabies Guidance

A new procedure has been established, streamlining the way in which GP surgeries can order the Rabipur vaccine for at risk groups, including licenced VBRVs and trainees.

This new procedure, which has been operating since August last year, is directed at GP Surgeries. What is most useful, is that the process specifies the individual groups to whom the procedure applies, including VBRVs.
Any licenced VBRV or trainee should therefore be able to arrange their initial course of inoculations or boosters in the usual way. We are aware that some VBRVs have experienced issues in recent months as surgeries adjust to the new guidance. Please let us know if you experience any problems.
The Volunteer Support team is in the process of updating all our forms and guidance to reflect these changes, and providing a copy of the Doctor’s declaration form is taken to the surgery, no one should experience any difficulties.

A guidance document produced by Public Health England (PHE) can be viewed by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-guidelines, while a form allowing GPs to order the pre-exposure vaccine is available from www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-pre-exposure-request-form)

Should you need further information or have unanswered questions, please drop us a line at BatVolunteers@naturalengland.org.uk

Bearing Witness for Wildlife Crime – Investigations project update

The Investigations Project has been working to prevent bat crime since its inception in 2001 as a collaboration between RSPB and the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). Since then, the Investigations Project has developed and is now based wholly within BCT, supported by bat groups and BCT staff. A part-time Investigations Officer Pete Charleston has led the project since 2010. We have two exciting bits of news regarding the project that we would like to update you on:

 

1. The 2015 Bat Crime report is now available to download from HERE. This report provides an update on the progress made throughout 2015 during which we have continued to work closely with the National Wildlife Crime Unit. As part of the project, Pete Charleston has provided training for those charged with delivering the legal protection offered to bats; This has included wildlife crime officers and prosecutors. In 2015 BCT made 133 referrals to the police, a substantial decrease on the 2014 total of 159 although the number of referrals is much in line with the 2010 – 2015 average. Please do download the report to find out more and read about some important case studies from 2015.

2. The project, now named “Bearing Witness for Wildlife Crime”, has received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for the next three years, alongside a new Mitigation Project. This milestone has been achieved thanks to the ongoing financial support of bat groups, trusts/grants as well as donations from BCT members and supporters.  We want to thank everyone for this who has brought the project to where it is today.

The project will continue to be led by Pete Charleston in his role as Conservation Wildlife Crime Officer. Looking ahead, we will of course continue to work closely with bat groups in order to enable the project to tackle the crucially important issue of bat related wildlife crime.

We will continue to keep you updated with progress but for now we would once again like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported our efforts on this important front.

More information about Bat Crime Investigations: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/bat_crime_investigations.html

To contribute to the work of the Bat Conservation Trust: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/get_involved.html

Contact: Joe Nunez at jnunez-mino@bats.org.uk or 0207 820 7183 for more information, images and interviews.

Lincolnshire Bat Group Annual General Meeting

Lincolnshire Bat Group Annual General Meeting
Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle
Monday March 6th 2017 at 8.00p.m

Agenda for AGM

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Approval of minutes from 2016 AGM
  4. Any matters arising from the 2016 Minutes
  5. Reports from :

a) Chairman,
b)Finance Officer,
c) Bulletin Editor,
d) Secretary,
e) Records officer
f) Membership Officer
and adoption of respective reports.

 

  1. Adoption of the 2016 Accounts
  2. Election of Officers
  3. Membership Subscription rate – currently
  4. Constitution
  5. Any other business : committee meeting or members night

Date of the next meeting

Please also read the minutes from last year and the constitution:
Minutes https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a29be669c99b6394575cf5a60/files/159380da-712c-44ba-a244-e4604b268ea3/07.03.16_AGM_minutes.doc
Constitution https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a29be669c99b6394575cf5a60/files/fc6975f2-0c45-4633-b80b-61b2b36d5bbe/Bat_Group_Consitution_final.pdf

Bat use of commercial coniferous plantations at multiple spatial scales: Management and conservation implications

This study demonstrates that with sympathetic management, non-native conifer plantations may have an important role in maintaining and supporting bat populations, particularly for Pipistrellus spp.

Full details can be downloaded at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716308461

Highlights

  • Many studies have demonstrated active avoidance by bats of non-native conifer plantations.
  • We found a wide range of bat species using Sitka Spruce plantations, particularly Pipistrellus species.
  • A high proportion of the Pipistrellus spp. captured were lactating females.
  • Responses to local and landscape-scale habitat characteristics differed between species and foraging guilds.
  • Increasing roost provision and maintaining thinning should benefit bat populations in plantations.

Abstract

Commercial plantations are primarily managed for timber production, and are frequently considered poor for biodiversity, particularly for mammalian species. Bats, which constitute one fifth of mammal species worldwide, have undergone large declines throughout Europe, most likely due to widespread habitat loss and degradation. Bat use of modified landscapes such as urban or agricultural environments has been relatively well studied, however, intensively managed plantations have received less attention, particularly in Europe. We assessed three of the largest, most intensively managed plantations in the UK for the occurrence of bats, activity levels and relative abundance in response to environmental characteristics at multiple spatial scales, using an information theoretic approach. We recorded or captured nine species; Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P. pygmaeus were the most commonly recorded species on acoustic detectors and female P. pygmaeus were the most commonly captured. The influence of environmental characteristics on bat activity varied by species or genus, although all bat species avoided dense stands. Occurrence and activity of clutter and edge adapted species were associated with lower stand densities and more heterogeneous landscapes whereas open adapted bats were more likely to be recorded at felled stands and less likely in areas that were predominantly mature conifer woodland. In addition, despite morphological similarities, P. pipstrellus and P. pygmaeus were found foraging in different parts of the plantation. This study demonstrates that with sympathetic management, non-native conifer plantations may have an important role in maintaining and supporting bat populations, particularly for Pipistrellus spp.

SNH Commissioned Report No 928: Bats and Licensing: A report on the success of maternity roost compensation measures

Publication Detail

SNH Commissioned Report No 928: Bats and Licensing: A report on the success of maternity roost compensation measures

This project looked at a sample of cases where SNH has licensed the damage or destruction, under licence, of bat maternity roosts for development purposes. In each such instance the licence requires that measures are incorporated into the final development to compensate for this damage or loss. The success or otherwise of these features, including whether or not bats used these features was assessed. Factors affecting the likelihood of success are discussed.

 

FREE
Format : 55 pages; 1.07MB
Published in 2016

Fundraise for bats this Christmas

Fundraise for bats this Christmas

If you are throwing a Christmas party keep your furry friends in mind and fundraise for BCT. Pin badges are always a crowd-pleaser but you can just have a collection tin and some leaflets around.

Email us at fundraise@bats.org.uk if you wish to help bats this Christmas and click HERE for some fundraising ideas.

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