Events Calendar 2018

Please read the following.  The information relates to all HMG events listed below.

Inclement weather or insufficient numbers attending may mean the event is cancelled or rescheduled. 
Although we will make best effort to inform HMG member in good time if there are issues, you should always contact the organiser:

  • To register your interest
  • To confirm exact meeting point if not specified precisely in the article
  • To confirm that the event has not been called off, especially if you intend to travel a long way

Start times are 'prompt' please; end times (when given) are approximate. Times are given in 24 hour clock, unless stated to the contrary.

Indoor events may incur an entry fee to cover costs (speaker/room hire).  All events are arranged by HMG unless indicated to the contrary. Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page.


Long Term Events and Projects


Herefordshire Mammal Atlas
Contact Dave Smith or a member of the Committee for Field Events

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Bats and Roadside Mammals Transect Surveys
HMG has two sets of kit ready to carry out driven transects to increase our number of mammal records for the Mammal Atlas. The survey protocol is to drive a pre-planned transect of between 15 and 25 miles at a speed of around 15mph, starting at 30-45 minutes after sunset. The Anabat Express detector will automatically record bat passes and you will need to record any observations of live or dead wildlife encountered en-route. Whilst you have the kit you can also leave the detector out overnight in your garden to gather additional records.  Please contact David Lee via HMG is you are interested in carrying out a survey.

Bats and Swifts in Churches Project
The aim of the project is to work with churches which have bats using the interior of the building, by providing a full bat survey and also to provide the church with assistance and recommendations to alleviate some of the problems, especially where large numbers of bats are using the church.  We are also working on producing a Herefordshire Mammal Atlas for the county and this project will help boost the  number of bat records too.   This is also an ideal opportunity for members and to get experience with surveying traditional buildings, carrying out detector surveys and dealing with the public in an area which could be a sensitive issue.    There is a separate interest group for this project and not all church surveys will be advertised in the normal way, as numbers need to be limited.  If you would like to register your interest contact Denise Foster through HMG 

Herefordshire Woodlands Bat Project
We are currently surveying both plantation and non-plantation woodlands, using both bat detector, trapping and radio-tracking, which will continue until further notice. If you would like to register your interest in being involved in any of this work.  A total of 4 bats will be tagged and radio-tracked back to natural roosts 2018.  If you are interested in this event and would like to be involved please contact Denise Foster, HMG.

Herefordshire Mammal Atlas (Bats)
We are continuing to survey non-woodland sites such as water bodies, disused railway tunnels, caves, limekilns around Herefordshire using bat detectors and trapping techniques collecting records and looking for rare species of bat, such as the greater horseshoe, Alcathoe and Nathusius' pipistrelle.  If you would like to register your interest in being involved in any of this work contact Denise Foster, HMG

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National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP)
Regular visits to woodlands are being undertaken throughout the summer months.
If you would like further information or would like to assist in this work, please contact Ann Bowker via HMG

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Water Shrew Presence/Absence Surveying Project
The aim of the survey is to target the areas of the county which currently hold no records for Water Shrew. These areas will incorporate the River Frome and it’s tributaries to the North-East and the River Dore and it’s tributaries to the South-West. The survey will follow the same protocol as the National Water Shrew Survey. If you want to get involved with this exciting new project contact Dave Smith via HMG.

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Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page


FUTURE PLANNED EVENTS (always check with event leader to confirm event is still on!)



JUNE 2018

Tuesday, 05 June 2018, 10:00
Bat Box Check -  Old Country Wood
Meet at Old Country House (SO726446)
Contact David Lee via HMG as numbers are limited

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 at 10:00
Bat Box Check -  Lea and Paget’s Wood
Meet in lay-by at the side of road at SO595346
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 21.00
Bats and Swifts in Churches Roost Visit - Yarpole Church
Meet at Yarpole Church, Nr. Leominster.  HR6 0EQ 
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 21.00
Bats and Swifts in Churches Roost Visit - Turnastone Church
Meet at Turnastone Church, Golden Valley.  HR2 0RA
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Friday, 22 June 2018, 10:00
Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye (Meet by Forest Barrier at SO 603228)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Camilla Winder via HMG if you are interested in attending.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 21:00
Bat and Swift Count, Wellington Church
Meet at St Margaret of Antioch, Wellington, HR4 8AZ
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Friday, 22 June 2018, 20:45 to 23:00
Bats of Orchard, River & Belfry (Part of Herefordshire Walking Festival 2018)
Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve and 'Old' Bodenham Village & Church led by James Bisset, local ‘batman’ & orchard enthusiast.  This is an introductory talk on bats and orchards will lead you around the edge of Bodenham Lake, then via the River Lugg, Bodenham Church and old Bodenham village listening and looking for signs of those special ‘Angels of the Night’ – bats. Free, loan, bat detectors will be provided or BYO, along with a torch just in case! A guide to British Bats will be available to buy on the night. Why not arrive early with a picnic & explore Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, home to a breeding otter population and visit the bird hide.  Booking ESSENTIAL - Cost £5 per person (Ticket available at http://www.walkingfestival.com/ )

Sunday, 24 June 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Lea and Paget's Wood
Lea & Paget's Wood, Hawkers Lane, Fownhope, HR1 4PZ (Meet/park at Grid Reference: SO595345)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Helen Franks via HMG if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 20.30
Lesser Horseshoe Count at Holme Lacy House
Meet at Holme Lacy House, HR2 6LP (SO551350)
This is a great venue and a good introduction to the NBMP Roost Count. 
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 21;00 (CHANGE OF DATE)
Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 21:00
Bat and Swift Count, Pembridge Church
Meet at St Mary's Church, Pembridge. HR6 9DZ
Some of us may meet at The New Inn beforehand which serves great food and beer.
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

JULY 2018

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 21:00
Bat and Swift Count, Docklow Church
Meet at St Bartholomew's Church, Docklow,HR6 0RX
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, Time TBA
Bat Walk and Detector Survey - Coppet Hill
Meeting place TBA
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:00
Saturday, 21 July 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye (Meet by Forest Barrier at SO 603228)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Camilla Winder via HMG if you are interested in attending.

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Lea and Paget's Wood
Lea & Paget's Wood, Hawkers Lane, Fownhope, HR1 4PZ (Meet/park at Grid Reference: SO595345)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Helen Franks via HMG if you are interested in attending
As of 19th June, this event is now fully subscribed; only reserve places available


Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 21.00 until late
Woodland Bat Project – Mist Netting and Harp Trapping - Ast Wood, Ledbury
Meet inside wood at approx. SO674379
Contact Denise Foster via HMG

AUGUST 2018

3 to 9 August 2018
Woolhope Dome Bat Tracking Project 
Mist netting and harp trapping in Haugh Wood, Devereux Park and Mains Wood (3 to 5 August)
Radio-tracking 4 bats in the Woolhope Dome area the rest of the week.  If you are interested in this event and would
like to be involved please contact Denise Foster, HMG.

Friday, 17 August 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye (Meet by Forest Barrier at SO 603228)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Camilla Winder via HMG if you are interested in attending.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Lea and Paget's Wood
Lea & Paget's Wood, Hawkers Lane, Fownhope, HR1 4PZ (Meet/park at Grid Reference: SO595345)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Helen Franks via HMG if you are interested in attending
As of 19th June, this event is now fully subscribed; only reserve places available

Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:00
Saturday, 22 September 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye (Meet by Forest Barrier at SO 603228)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Camilla Winder via HMG if you are interested in attending.

OCTOBER 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018, 10:00
Saturday, 20 October 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Chase Wood
Chase Wood, Ross-on-Wye (Meet by Forest Barrier at SO 603228)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Camilla Winder via HMG if you are interested in attending.

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 10:00
Dormouse Box Check at Lea and Paget's Wood
Lea & Paget's Wood, Hawkers Lane, Fownhope, HR1 4PZ (Meet/park at Grid Reference: SO595345)
Numbers are limited to 1 or 2 members so please contact Helen Franks via HMG if you are interested in attending.

Date to be confirmed 
AGM
Location to be confirmed