It can seem a little daunting joining a specialist group and it may seem that as an absolute beginner you will not be able to get involved. Nothing is further from the truth, all you need is enthusiasm, the more you put in the more you will get out.
Please take a moment to read the following as it will help you understand what being a member can do for you.
The majority of our members are not professional ecologists, just everyday folk who love nature and have a particular interest in bats. Most join with little previous knowledge. Joining the group is the first step in finding out more about these wonderful and enigmatic animals.
As a member you will be able to take part in all our activities straight away. Whilst bats are protected species and special licences are required to undertake certain activities like bat box checking and survey trapping etc, not every person present needs to be licenced, so long as a responsible licence holder is present at the events. Non of our events that require a licensed person take place unless we have one of our appropriately licenced members present. As a complete novice this means you will have the opportunity to take part in all the activities with suitable guidance and support.
As a new member you can
Help out with bat box checks - this is a great way to see and learn more about bats close up.
Join us on bat walks as a useful way of picking up information.
Attend talks and training events.
Learn about bat care and help our county bat carers.
Take part in our iBats / road transect surveys.
Carry out bat detector surveys - Learning to use a bat detector is an important skill to learn, we are here to help.
Assist with survey trapping - this is our most advanced activity, and as a volunteer you can learn to help set up the equipment and learn from the experts!