Isles of Scilly Bat Group - News
21st March 2017 ~ Update
The financial year now runs from 1 January to 31st December, so all subscriptions should now be in. Any former members not submitting their subscription (£5) by 1st April 2017 will be removed from the members list. If we have a much reduced membership, we may need to consider winding up the Group.
Bat Walk schedule for 2017
- Wednesday 19th April @ 20.30
- Tuesday 23rd May @ 21.15
- Tuesday 20th June @ 21.35
- Thursday 27th July @ 21.15
- Wednesday 16th August @ 20.40
- Thursday 14th September @ 19.40
What you need to know:
- Meet on Holgate’s Green; please bring a torch
- Cost £5 per adult: children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult.
- Each walk will be publicised a week in advance in various locations in Hugh Town.
- If the weather is bad, the walk will be cancelled.
- Any changes in dates will be notified as far in advance as possible.
So come along and join us!
25th February 2017 ~ Update
Isles of Scilly Bat Group subscriptions 2017
Can I remind you that the financial year now begins on the first of January (following a resolution at last year’s AGM). Subscriptions – still at £5 per member – are now due. Can you please send Anne (Vale View Cottage, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NU) your fiver before 1st April at the latest. After that we shall assume that you no longer wish to remain a member (although we’d prefer that you confirmed, rather than just letting it lapse!).
Summer Meeting 2017
The Summer Meeting this year will be on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June. The Programme will be:
1. Tuesday 20 June
- “Bats in Trees” a talk by Carol Williams (BCT). Carol is also a member of our Bat Group and the Cornwall Bat Group.
- Annual General Meeting
- Bat Walk
2. Wednesday 21 June
- ERCCIS training session on the use of their on-line recording website: www.ORKS.org.uk
- Isles of Scilly Recorders’ Group meeting to discuss recording a wide range of tax/species in Scilly.
The sessions for these two days might be reversed, depending on circumstances but we shall announce any changes well in advance. If you think that you might come, it would be helpful if you could let me know which day you’d be most interested in.
Mike Gurr, Secretary
22nd November 2016 ~ Update
Nathusius’ Pipistrelles in Scilly
The identification of Nathusius’ Pipistrelles in Scilly, and especially the question of whether they are permanent residents and breed here, has been a subject of discussion for many years. It is not always easy to be sure that a particular call is that of a Nathusius’ as distinct from a Common pipistrelle that is modulating its call. Nevertheless, over the years, several have been recorded.
The Annual Report of the Isles of Scilly Bat Group for 2015 (circulated to members and available on the website) carries a discussion of this topic.
In October 2015, we were visited by a group of bat enthusiasts from the Suffolk Bat Group and one of these, Mark Smith, spent some time with a bat detector and reported detecting a Nathusius’ pipistrelle near Porth Hellick. He sent me details, including sonograms, that proved unequivocally the presence of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle. All peak frequencies were below 40kHz and most were at 38kHz. These were confirmed by an expert in bat detecting and recording, Philip Briggs at BCT.
I regret that I omitted to record this important observation in our own Annual Report either for 2015 or 2016, or in my report of the Isles of Scilly Bat Group’s work that I contributed to the Isles of Scilly Bird and Natural History Review, published by the Isles of Scilly Bird Group.
My apologies to Mark for this omission.
Secretary, Isles of Scilly Bat Group
13th October 2016 ~ Update
This year has been a busy one for our Bat Group and the Annual Report is currently being prepared.
19th July 2016 ~ Update
The Bat Groups Summer Meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 19th July 2016 with various activities on offer - for full details please look at the Programme for the 2016 Meeting; the AGM is taking place on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 13:00 the AGM Agenda can be found here
7th June 2016 ~ Update
Light Pollution in the UK ~ Petition
Therefore, steps should be taken to reduce light pollution, particularly in areas where it has the greatest impact on the wellbeing on humans or other species.
Please take a few minutes to follow the link and consider signing the petition which is currently running to Introduce Legislation to Combat Light Pollution in the UK
3rd May 2016 ~ Update
Summer Meeting Date Announced
The Summer Meeting this year will be on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July.
The subject will be 'Bat Evolution' and our main speaker will be Lisa Worledge, the BCT's officer in charge of coordination of Bat Groups.
Further details will be circulated later concerning the venue, the participation of other speakers and other aspects of the programme.
Mike Gurr, secretary
16th March 2016 ~ Update
March 2016 Newsletter
The March 2016 Newsletter is now available to view online please got to "Events & Our Work" to view and read more.
12th October 2015 ~ Update
Biological Recorders’ Group
As a development from the Group’s July 2015 meeting “Improving Biological Recording”, an Isles of Scilly Biological Recorders’ Group is being established.
Once the membership of the group and recommendations for reporting of observations of bats, birds and many other categories of wildlife have been decided, we shall post a more detailed description on this website.
Watch this space!
Bats on the Isle of Wight
In early September 2015, Mike & Anne Gurr were privileged to visit members of the Isle of Wight Bat Group. This beautiful island is home to virtually all the species of bats found in the UK. Because of its proximity to the mainland, it therefore differs significantly from Scilly and other remote islands, which have very few species.
Mike & Anne were given a night-time tour of the Parkhurst Forest – a large area of both deciduous and evergreen trees. The Parkhurst Forest Project is an ambitious programme to map the habitats of all the bat species found there, using the most technically advanced techniques developed by project leader Jon Whitehurst. Much was learned about the latest methods for recording and identifying bats, as well as storing the information, while ‘on the march’. This could be invaluable in Scilly in regard to mapping resident populations and identifying rare visiting species, provided that we can raise the considerable sums involved!
Later in the week they visited the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital, established by a very enterprising lady, Donna Street, in a single room in her own home in Sandown. This currently houses over a hundred injured bats that have been brought to her or that she has been requested to rescue. She showed an example of each type of bat in her care, which represented most of the bats found in the UK.
Some would eventually be well enough to return to the wild; others would never fly again and would remain with Donna for the rest of their lives. Each has its own personality – some loving to be cuddled, others preferring their own company. The visitors were most impressed and have sent a donation towards the work on behalf of the IOS Bat Group.
July 2015 ~ Update
Improving Biological Record Keeping - Meeting of July 2015
We recently held a meeting on St Mary's with a number of other biological recorders from both on and off the islands, and discussed how methods of biological recording on the islands could be improved.
You can view the report of what was discussed here.
You can view a PDF of the report from the 2015 AGM in the downloads section below
A recent sighting of a bat on the island lead to questions after images of it were more closely examined...
Welcome to our new members!
The IOS Bat Group is pleased to welcome two new members on the Island of Tresco - Louise Davis and Ian Chesterman. They became involved in bat activities on Tresco in 2014, having met up with 'overseas' members Lotty and Lyn Packman and Ian Barr. They took part in a bat walk and are hoping to get involved with various projects this year, observing and recording bats. There is plenty of scope as Tresco has the largest population of bats in the archipelago. We wish them happy batting!
Changes to Bat Walks
Please note that the Bat Walks schedule on St Mary's has had to be changed. We apologize to those who might have been planning to attend a walk that has been cancelled.
Group Meeting 2015
The Group’s main meeting for 2015 will be held on Tuesday 14th July and the topic will be Improving Biological Record Keeping. There will be speakers from the IOS Bat and Bird Groups, the Bat Conservation Trust, the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders.
There will be ample time for discussion and a Bat Walk is planned for the evening. A full programme is available to view here.