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
Further details available on the linked page

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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



Thursday, 11 January 2018 at 19.30
Adventures in North America - A talk by Lizzie Croose
Lizzie spent 3 months last winter working in the cold and snowy forests of North America with the Michigan Predator-Prey Project. Here, she assisted with research on white-tailed deer survival and the role of predation by black bear, bobcat, wolf and coyote. In this illustrated presentation, Lizzie will talk about the research she was involved with, the critters she encountered and the differences between fieldwork in the UK and the US.
Venue:  Bunch of Carrots Pub at Hampton Bishop, HR1 4JR
There will be a small charge to cover costs.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 19.30 (Change of Date from 1st March)
The Bats of Trinidad by Denise Foster
Venue:  Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop, HR814JR
All bats species in Trinidad are considered vermin under the Under the Conservation and Wildlife Act of 1958 which allows an owner, occupier or their agent to hunt and destroy, without licence, any animal on the list of vermin.  Bats were added to the list because of the problems with rabies and also conflict with local fruit farmers who considered bats to be a pest. The Trinibats Project was set up in 2011 to conserve the bats of Trinidad,  to educate local people and to remove them from the Government vermin list.  Denise Foster has been part of the UK Trinibats team since 2012 and she will be telling us about the exotic bat species encountered and about the trials and tribulations of working in the tropics.  There will be a small charge to cover costs.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 10.00
Dormouse Box Installation at Lea and Paget's Wood
We need a couple of volunteers to help install approximately 40 dormouse boxes at Lea and Paget's wood.  Lea and Paget's has a box scheme which falls under the NDMP but many of the boxes are in urgent need of repair or replacement.  Please contact Denise Foster via HMG if you are able to help out. 

MARCH 2018

Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at 19.30 (Change of Date from 1st February)
Three Boys out in the Bush - a Mammal-spotting trip to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia  - A talk by Johnny Birks
Venue:  Bunch of Carrots Pub at Hampton Bishop, HR1 4JR
Johnny spent most of June 2017 with two friends in southern Africa.  With the help of binoculars and camera traps they recorded 58  mammals from Aardvark to Zebra, and enjoyed some thrilling encounters with several species big enough to eat or crush them. This talk describes their trip, introduces some wonderful mammals and explores the landscapes and cultures of Botswana and its neighbours.  There will be a small charge to cover costs.

Previous events can be viewed on the Archived Events Calendar page.