The talk last night was a great showcase of some of the work that is happening in Devon. We are really proud to have been able to award grants to these projects. If you feel inspired to start a project that will help further the knowledge and conservation of mammals in Devon, then look up how to apply for a grant. Grants can be for up to £500. We also have equipment you can borrow, and are happy to discuss projects with you if you’d like to talk them through. All the details are on our website.
The 3 projects covered last night all highlighted the importance of RECORDING your sightings/findings. Devon Mammal Group works closely with Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, who do an amazing job of collating records, but they need YOU!
Here’s some extra information about the projects, and how you can get involved:
The Harvest Mouse Project is coming to an end for this season. With about 100 people now trained to survey harvest mice. We need your records! Let us know, or send them directly to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre. There’s only a couple of weeks left before the mice get active again and we need to stop surveying in case we disturb active nests, so let us know what you have found.
Exeter University Campus Surveys
Luke and Sally have added to the records by more than 500%! They have finished their first round of surveys and will do another round in May (after the “dissertation season” is over). We look forward to hearing about the next phase of their surveys.
DMG sponsored 200 dormouse tubes for the Avon Valley Project and we are delighted that not only were dormice found, but that it has led to the creation of a new National Dormouse Monitoring Programme site! The project wants to work with locals to help train them in dormouse surveys and to get a licence. If you would like to get involved, please contact Craig on email@example.com.
The project also needs surveyors to do wildflower surveys, so get your botany books out and give them a hand!
While Craig was with us to talk about the dormouse project, he also gave us an introduction to the Back From The Brink Project. This Lottery-funded project extends across the country, with a number of projects based in Devon. It brings together a number of different partner organisations. Craig is Project Leader for the Grey Long-eared Bat Project. This part of the project is run with BCT. You can also get involved in bat walks and find out more about this very rare species by going to their website or contact Craig by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig is running the length of the Avon to raise money for the project. If you’d like to donate, follow the link.
Thank you to all our speakers and to those of you who attended the talks. We are very fortunate to have such enthusiastic and dedicated researchers in our county.
Our next big event will be the Auction on 29th March. This will be held at the Rougemont Hotel (on Queen Street, Exeter). We are raising funds for a further season of harvest mouse surveys. We have been given some fantastic lots to bid for, including weekend breaks and beautiful pieces of original artwork. Keep an eye out on the website for more details. See you there!