NORTHUMBRIA MAMMAL GROUP, EVENTS LIST AUTUMN 2011

Posted on 11th August 2011

The Mammal Group would like to acknowledge a grant from OPAL www.opalexplorenature.org which is funding our events for the year May 2011 – May 2012

Friday 19th August.
20.00h. (1½ hours)

Bats in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.
Tina Wiffen

This will be an evening event starting around sunset and continuing till dark. There will be a short talk on bat biology and ecology, and as the sun is setting we will walk through the reserve looking for and listening to the bats we find. Wear strong footwear and clothes suitable for the conditions, which may be muddy. If possible, please bring a torch.

Contact NHSN office to book

Saturday 27th August.
10.00h (2 hours).

Small Mammals at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Durham.
Veronica Carnell.

We will be examining bait tubes and Longworth live traps for signs and presence of small mammals (mice, voles and shrews), and members will be able to re-bait and reset the traps after examination if they wish. Accompanied children welcome. Please be prepared for mud and slippery, wet conditions underfoot.

Contact: Steve Lowe, zappa99@live.co.uk for further information

The Whole of September
Mammals Race. Throughout the region of Northumbria

A call to everyone to collect records of as many wild mammals as they can find in Northumbria (Northumberland, County Durham and the Tees Valley), during the month of September. Alive or otherwise, sightings or field signs – everything counts! Prizes awarded to the winners.

For more details: look on the mammal group web-link: www.northumbriamammalgroup.org.uk or see flyer

Saturday 3rd September.
19.45h. (1½ hours)

Bats in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.
Jonathan Pounder

This will be an evening event starting around sunset and continuing till dark. There will be a short talk on bat biology and ecology, and as the sun is setting we will walk through the reserve looking for and listening to the bats we find. Wear strong footwear and clothes suitable for the conditions, which may be muddy. If possible, please bring a torch.

Contact NHSN office to book
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Saturday 24th September
10.30h (1½ hours)

Small Mammals at Big Waters
Veronica Carnell

We will be examining bait tubes and Longworth live traps for signs and presence of small mammals (mice, voles and shrews), and members of the group will be able to re-bait and reset the traps after examination if they wish. Accompanied children welcome. Please be prepared for mud and slippery, wet conditions underfoot.

Contact: Steve Lowe zappa99@live.co.uk for further information

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7th October 2011
Tina Wiffen
The Gibside Bat Surveys
Survey work at Gibside is ongoing; 2011 being the fifth year of surveying all the buildings on the National Trust estate involving members of Durham and Northumberland Bat Groups. Members will be updated on the project so far, which has included radio-tracking and roost emergence of the bats found by the tracking.

Tina Wiffen is a member of the Northumberland Bat Group and independent ecological consultant who has also worked for the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.

Saturday 8th October
10.30h (1½ hours)

Small Mammals in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve
Veronica Carnell

We will be examining bait tubes and Longworth live traps for signs and presence of small mammals (mice, voles and shrews), and members will be able to re-bait and reset the traps after examination if they wish. Accompanied children welcome. Please be prepared for mud and slippery, wet conditions underfoot.
We plan that this event will mark the beginning of our contribution towards an ongoing bi-annual national survey for small mammals, which is being co-ordinated by the Mammal Society UK. Volunteers welcome, training provided.

Contact NHSN office to book

11th November 2011
Mervyn Anthony
Are badgers still persecuted in the North East and UK?
The Badger Act was introduced in 1992 to address the level of persecution and cruelty suffered by badgers in the UK. Has it been effective? The recent police led Operation Meles suggests that badger crime is on the increase and is often associated with mainstream criminal activities.

Mervyn Anthony is chair of the Northumberland Badger Group and a Director and Lead Investigator for the Badger Trust. An expert in his field, this talk will brings his knowledge and passion for badgers to a wider audience.