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Kent Bat Group hold and support a variety of events throughout the year. Come and join one of the below events to learn more about bats or the group itself...

Winter Meetings 2021

Indoor winter meetings have been cancelled for autumn 2021, all meetings will be held online

Indoor meetings are held at Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, Lenham, ME17 2QT at 7:30pm

Open to all, a suggested donation of £3 is appreciated to help with running costs of the meetings.


ONLINE WINTER MEETINGS

Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 health pandemic, we are currently proceeding with online (via Zoom) winter meetings. Attendance is limited owing to platform restrictions and so meetings are currently only open to members. All bat group members will receive an email with the joining details.

We look forward to seeing you online!

16th September 2021 at 7:30pm - Nathusius' Pipistrelle Migration and AudioMothhs on the South Coast - presented Adrian Bicker

Using acoustic methods to study bat migration is a novel and controversial approach. The prize is to paint a broad-brush picture of the flows of migrating bats around our coast. From a single detector on Chesil Beach to 25 AudioMoths spanning The Channel, Adrian takes you on his personal voyage of discovery, explaining how he approached the challenge and sharing his initial findings - plus a few surprises!

18th November 2021 at 7:30pm - Title to be Confirmed - presented by David Hill

Subject to be confirmed

Summer Bat Walks and Activities 2021

Owing to Covid-19 we are not currently scheduling any summer bat walks or talks in 2021. Should the current government advice change and such activities are permitted, we will update this page accordingly.

There are normally a variety of activities taking place throughout the year, if you would like to volunteer and give your time to bat conservation, please ensure your membership is current (for insurance purposes) and complete this form and return to us.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Kent Bat Group event or activity.

Shows and Other Events

Please check the official websites for events, as owing to Covid-19 they may have been cancelled.

Discover the wonder of bats - Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 7pm on Zoom

In an effort to engage new audiences with the wonderful world of bats, Shirley Thompson (BCT’s Honorary Education Officer and KBG Trustee) will be giving an introductory 30 minute talk followed by a Q&A session.

The talk is free to all (although the Bat Conservation Trust encourage and appreciate donations which will go toward running the National Bat Helpline). Find out more about the talk on the BCT website at: www.bats.org.uk/events/discover-the-wonder-of-bats or book a place at: bats.sym-online.com/registrationforms/test/talk-13012021/

Kent Garden Show at Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone

Unfortunately owing to Covid-19, Kent Bat Group have decided not to attend this event in 2020. We look forward to hopefully returning in 2021!

Training Courses and Conferences

21st July 2021 - Bat Ecology and Conservation (BCT Course)

Fantastic opportunity for those new to bat work. An in-person one day course to give a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation (see more course information for details on virtual options): https://bit.ly/2SITrXG

29th July 2021 - Webinar concerning Bat Migration Routes in Europe

A project aiming to study the spatio-temporal distribution of three migrating bat species using bat acoustic datasets. The webinar will present the research team and project in more detail, with the remaining time dedicated to answer peoples questions about the project. If interested in attending please email: eva.saison@mnhn.fr

14th September 2021 - Bat Workers Forum

Due to feedback and turn out following last year’s virtual event, BCT will be running this year’s Bat Workers Forum (BFW) online and separate to the National Bat Conference. This will be when the winner of the Pete Guest Award (PGA) is announced. Keep an eye on these pages for more information of the BWF:https://bit.ly/3weQL2nand the PGA:https://bit.ly/3hwiCXT

29th - 31st October 2021: National Bat Conference

Please find details of BCT training courses here: BCT Training Courses

Kent bat group stand
KBG stand at an event - © Shirley Thompson
Kent bat group stand
KBG running a bat walk - © Shirley Thompson