Harvest Mice, Hedgehogs and Bats – 3 Events for November!

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Please see below for the details of three DMG events planned for November, covering a wide variety of species and topics!

Harvest Mice © Derek Crawley 2016
Harvest Mice © Derek Crawley 2016

Harvest Mouse Project Training Day

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

To launch our Harvest Mouse Project, The Mammal Society’s Harvest Mouse expert, Derek Crawley will be running a training day (venue to be arranged) for members who are interested in helping us to survey for Harvest Mice in Devon.

The FREE course will include up-to-date information on this under-recorded species; help us to understand its biology and ecological needs; and prepare us to start recording its presence in Devon.

Numbers will be limited to 20 people

To book please contact the Secretary – Joanne Gilbert at events@devonmammalgroup.org or call 07990 664062

Bat Workshop

Bat identification workshop with Colin Morris

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Buckfastleigh Town Hall
Bossell Road
TQ11 0DD

Bat Workshop

An evening event to help you learn to identify the British bat species.

The evening will be run by Colin Morris of the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Colin is an expert in bat species and is extremely knowledgeable. He will run through what to look for when identifying bat species and show you how to use a key. Colin has a number of specimens he will bring to give you an opportunity to try out your identification skills.

This workshop is suited to beginners.


£5 for DMG members/ £8 for non-members
Payable in advance (details on booking)

To book please email Jess Smallcombe on jsmallcombe@yahoo.co.uk


Hedgehogs With Dr. Nigel Reeve

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jury’s Inn, Exeter
Western Way


The Western European Hedgehog has recently become a priority conservation species. We are therefore delighted that Dr. Nigel Reeve has agreed to come and talk to us about this once familiar creature. Nigel will talk about the biology, behavior and ecology of hedgehogs and include a review of the factors that may be involved in their decline. He will also consider ways in which we may be able to help hedgehogs survive.

Dr. Nigel Reeve studied zoology for his BSc and obtained his PhD by researching hedgehog ecology; both at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Having completed a PGCE at Garnett College (London), from 1982 to 2002 he taught and researched at Roehampton University and in 1994 published a monograph Hedgehogs in the Poyser Natural History series. From 2002 to 2013 he was Head of Ecology for The Royal Parks, an agency that manages eight historic parklands in London. Now retired, he is helping with a project run by The Royal Parks Foundation to study and conserve hedgehogs in The Regent’s Park, London.

Members £1.50. Non-members £3.00.

To book please contact the Secretary – Jo Gilbert at events@devonmammalgroup.org or call 07990 664062.