Devon Mammal Group

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!

National Polecat Survey – Records Wanted

Posted on December 12, 2013

In January, The Vincent Wildlife Trust is starting a national polecat distribution survey, following on from two previous surveys in the 1990s and early 2000s. The aims of the survey are to gather up-to-date information on the current distribution of the polecat in Britain and investigate hybridisation between polecats and ferrets. They will be collecting records of polecats, polecat-ferrets and feral ferrets from all over mainland Britain during 2014 and 2015.

Have you seen a polecat, polecat-ferret or feral ferret in Devon? If so, the VWT would like to hear from you. Ideally, records should be verified by photos where possible, to allow them to classify animals as polecats, polecat-ferrets or hybrids. They will also be collecting carcasses which will be used for genetic analysis and rodenticide analysis. They will be operating a carcass postage scheme, so if you find a carcass, they will send you a postage box for the animal to be returned in, free of charge.

For more information see the leaflet here or visit the VWT's survey page: http://vwt.org.uk/our-work/projects/national-polecat-survey

Christmas Quiz… Book now!

Posted on November 29, 2013

Just a reminder that there's still time to book a place at the DMG Christmas quiz evening, Thursday December 5th at the White Hart in Exeter. See the events page for full details and booking instructions.

26th November, 7pm – Snippets Evening

Posted on November 11, 2013

We have now finalised the line-up for this upcoming evening of short talks. Speakers include some previous recipients of the DMG Small Grant Scheme as well as students involved in local research projects:

  • Stephen Powles – Otters and Camera Traps
  • Mark Elliot – Devon Beaver Project – the story so far …
  • Julie Day – The effects of street lighting on Bats
  • Rob Ballard – Stover’s elusive Otters
  • Amy Fensome – Do human-altered environments make bats stressed?
  • Betina Winkler – Farm habitat characteristics and the incidence of Bovine TB in cattle.

£1.50 for DMG members, £3 for non members. Booking essential, please contact Sue Smallshire on 01626 853393 or suesmalls@btinternet.com to book

Badgers – a talk by Adrian Bayley

Posted on November 8, 2013

We are pleased to announce an event specifically aimed at our North Devon members who find Exeter too far to travel to attend our regular talks. Next Friday (15th November, 7pm) Devon mammal expert Adrian Bayley will be speaking about badgers at Fremington Village Hall - more details here.

Western Europe’s Bears – Last Chance to See with Charlie Wilson

Posted on October 30, 2013

Just a reminder that there's still time to book a place on next Wednesday's talk at the White Hart. For full details see the poster here: DMG Western Europe's Bears poster

Big Beasts of the Ice Age – Event Cancellation

Posted on September 5, 2013
We are sorry to announce that this Saturday's event has had to be cancelled due to a lack of bookings.

In spite of considerable interest in this event a number of people have said they are unable to attend due to other commitments, and we have been unable to secure enough bookings to meet the minimum number required by Kent's Cavern and the museum.

We will look at re-running the event in future, so if you have a reason why you weren't able to attend this time or a suggestion as to how we could make it more convenient for you to attend next time please let us know!

What’s On Your Doorstep – Colyton

Posted on July 30, 2013

Following on from the great success of the first two "What's On Your Doorstep" events in Fremington and Doddiscombsleigh, the third in the series will take place in Colyton on the weekends of September 14th/15th and 28th/29th. For more information please download the flyer here.