Devon Mammal Group

Otter Workshop: Saturday 13 September 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014

Otter Workshop
Saturday 13 September 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a workshop to find out more about otter ecology and the records we have found on East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

There will be an indoor session followed by some fieldwork.  Please bring wellington boots, lunch and wet weather gear.

For more information and to book your place contact Albert Knott on 01626 831581 or email albert.knott@naturalengland.org.uk

Meet at the Woodland Centre, East Dartmoor NNR, Yarner Wood, TQ13 9LJ. Follow the Brown signs from Bovey.

The Big Exeter Bat Survey

Posted on August 14, 2014

Exeter City Bats are conducting a public city wide bat survey.  The aim is get people interested in and looking for bats, to help people learn more about bats and to produce a map of the findings that will be shared with Devon Bat Group and the Devon Biodiversity Record Centre.

If you're interested in helping or know somebody who might be, please have a look at the website - http://bigexeterbatsurvey.edublogs.org/.   From here you can select the area of the city you'd like to survey and find out about free training events.  To book a bat detector contact Emily Stallworthy.

Mammal survey training

Posted on August 12, 2014

Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st August.  A FREE weekend event aimed at showing you how you can find out what mammals are on your doorstep.

Mammal expert Adrian Bayley will introduce you to the trapping and recording techniques used to survey for a range of mammals. He will also show you how to identify tell-tail signs and droppings.

The evenings will be spent looking for badgers and hopefully seeing bats in the hand. The event will be held at the Devon Wildlife Trust site at Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh

Families are welcome but booking is essential, as places are limited.

Please contact Adrian Bayley
adrianbayley@btconnect.com
01297 551389

Exmoor’s Wild Night Out and Bogtastic

Posted on August 12, 2014

Saturday 16th August, 7.30pm - 10pm: A Wild Night Out in Simonsbath
Enjoy a gentle potter around Simonsbath on the lookout for nocturnal sights and sounds such as bats, stars and moths. As part of the Bogtastic Festival Bioblitz* there will be the chance to get up close to Exmoor’s amazing bats and moths and a whole host of other nocturnal wildlife opportunities with our experts

Sunday 17th August 2014 - 10am to 3pm: Bogtastic 2014
A fun packed Adventure Day for all ages exploring the bogs and wetlands in and around Simonsbath and Blackpitts.

All weather activities include a Bog Safari, stream dipping, dam building, Bioblitz, small mammal trapping, undercover exhibitions including historic artefacts, sawmill tours and guided walks; games and stalls selling crafts and local produce.

For more information  please go to :

https://www.facebook.com/events/522516047862180/

http://www.exmoormires.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=11396

http://www.heartofexmoor.org.uk/whats-on/a-wild-night-out-in-simonsbath-201.html

 

Wildlife Crime Talk on June 11th – Venue Confirmed

Posted on June 5, 2014

We are pleased to announce the venue for this event - the Rougemont Room at Exeter Central Library. Doors will open at 7pm. There's still spaces so if you haven't already booked now is your chance! Email contact@devonmammalgroup.org or call 01626 862078.

New Event – Wildlife Crime in Devon

Posted on May 29, 2014

11th June, 2014 - 7pm

Exeter City Centre – venue to be confirmed

A talk by Devon & Cornwall Police Sergeant Dave Knight on the work of a Wildlife Crime Officer with a particular focus on mammals.

Unfortunately due to water damage at our usual meeting room at the White Hart we are having to arrange an alternative Exeter location for this event. Once this is sorted we will announce the venue here and anyone who has already booked will be contacted.

£1.50 for members, £3 for non-members.

Booking essential – please book via email to contact@devonmammalgroup.org or call Tom Williams on 01626 862078.

New Event – Meet The Mammals

Posted on May 1, 2014

Sunday 11th May - 10am until 12 noon.

Upcott Grange, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, PL16 0JS

We are please to announce our first outdoor event of 2014! A talk and site visit with wildlife expert Derek Gow, going behind the scenes of the BBC’s "The Burrowers".

For more details please see the flyer here: derek_gow_mammals

Wed 30 April 2014 AGM & news

Posted on April 8, 2014

Our first event this year will be at the University of Exeter on Wednesday April 30th from 7pm

 

Forum Exploration Lab 1, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

The Forum is the large glass-fronted building in the middle of the campus off Stocker Road, adjacent to the Northcott Theatre. Lab 1 is on the first floor, next to Costa Coffee.

 

Registration and drinks will take place at 7.00pm, followed at 7.30pm by a brief AGM and a series of short talks about latest projects and news, including:

 

WATER VOLES A NEW SITE IN DEVON !

Speakers will be:

Adrian Bicker: Living Record online recording system

Ellie Knott: DBRC records review

Derek Gow: Water Voles in the West Country – A New Site in Devon

Mervyn Newman: A review of the East Devon Water Vole Project

Fiona Mathews: Bats and Lighting

 

Free for DMG members; non-members £3.00

PTES “Living With Mammals” Survey

Posted on February 26, 2014
Deer in Haldon Forest

Deer in Haldon Forest (by Li-Li Williams)

The People's Trust for Endangered Species has announced a new survey aimed at understanding and encouraging the biodiversity on our doorsteps.

The survey starts on Monday 31st March and all you have to do is spend some time observing a chosen site (such as your garden or allotment, a churchyard or local park) each week, noting any mammals you see or the signs they leave behind. Click here to take part.

You can share your findings and photos, and learn from others via the PTES facebook and twitter pages. They will be having a competition for the best mammal photos taken during the survey so get snapping and sharing.

For more information about the survey and its findings to date take a look at the PTES survey updates section.

 

Geoffroy’s Bat – A New UK Species…

Posted on December 23, 2013

A round up of some of the news coverage of the recent discoveries of Geoffroy's Bat in the UK.

The species was first found in Sussex in 2012:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19596320
http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/batfeature.aspx
http://www.surreybats.org.uk/GraphicArchive/Geoffroys.pdf

The Sussex individual was located again this year, and in September a second bat was found at Brown's Folly near Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-25330812
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2522250/Geoffroys-bat-spotted-nature-reserve.html
http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Signs-rare-Geoffroy-s-bat-Brown-s-Folly-reserve/story-20298857-detail/story.html

For more information on the sightings see the Bat Conservation Trust's report here: http://www.bats.org.uk/news.php/220/a_new_resident_or_a_visitor_geoffroys_bat_in_britain

The individual found near Bath was only about 50 miles from the Devon border so who knows, before too long it may be added to the list of Devon mammal species!