News and Updates

Annual Group Meeting 2017

And so begins another batty year! On Saturday 29th April we held our annual general meeting at Brampton Memorial Hall, which was well attended by a number of our members. First up on the agenda was an update of our finances and activities during the last year followed with the election or re-election of committee members. The bat group committee for 2017 is as follows:

  • Chris Vine – chairman, also leads the hibernation surveys and bat box checks
  • Antonio Moreno – secretary, also runs the Monk’s Wood research project
  • Tori Alexander – membership officer
  • Jonathan Durward – treasurer, also runs the Nathusius’ project and surveys with the Wildlife Trust BCN
  • Rachel Bates – events coordinator, also runs the website and research projects for wildlife conservation charities
  • Val Perrin – data searches and records submission
  • Susan Hyde – bat care queen

Other members of the committee who support us and provide advice include:

  • Antony Mould – leads events and bat box checks around Peterborough, runs the March Noctule roost counts
  • Steve Parnwell
  • Will O’Connor

After all the ‘boring’ stuff was out of the way we were treated to a wonderful talk from Ani Binet of Annyctalus Ecology, a non-profit bat research organisation based in Jersey. She told us a bit about the Jersey Bat Group and joint research projects to find out more about bats on the island, including the creation of a Roost Register database and the Woodland Project, which confirmed that both Alcathoe Myotis alcathoe and Daubenton’s Myotis daubentonii are both present.

Prior to the AGM, our chairman Chris Vine led a group to carry out bat box checks at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. A total of 12 noctules Nyctalus noctula and 23 soprano pipistrelles Pipistrellus pygmaeus were recorded, down on previous years.

Photo credit: Mark Hows




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