Events with The Mammal Society are always a great opportunity to network and share knowledge with like minded people working for mammals, catch up with and make new friends, and hear the latest mammal research and conservation news.
August 3, 2018
National Whale and Dolphin Watch from Sea Watch Foundation
What is NWDW about?
Research has shown that there is little awareness in the UK of the tremendous diversity of whales, dolphins and porpoises to be found around our shores. The aim of this event is to give a general “snapshot” of what is in UK coastal waters over a short period of time. As well as gaining valuable research data, we hope this will draw attention to the conservation of our marine environment.
How can people get involved?
People with experience of “official watches” who can quite readily identify species just need some sightings forms, a pen and a pair of binoculars.
“First timers” or people who need a bit of help in identifying a whale, dolphin or porpoise can also head for a manned site. Sites will be manned by experienced Sea Watch observers, but please note that sites may be manned at different times of day so please contact the local co-ordinator first to register your interest and to find out more. Click here to find out about organised watches near you!
3rd European Bat House Symposium
Following two successful meetings in the Netherlands (2012) and Belgium (2014), the 3rd European Bat House Symposium will take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August 2018 in the UK. The 2018 symposium is being co-organised by the Vincent Wildlife Trust and The Mammal Society.
To bring together those working in bat research and conservation who have an interest in bat boxes and other artificial structures for bats. It is an opportunity for participants to present the findings from their research and conservation projects, and to share experience and ideas.
Juniper Hall Field Study Centre in Surrey, southern England. Good public transport links to London and the south-east. Less than 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick Airport.
Group accommodation and all meals provided on site, with plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and socialising outside of the programme. On Thursday evening there will be a BBQ (weather permitting!).
There will be presentations on day one and until mid-morning of day two, followed by an excursion on the second day to Gatwick Airport’s biodiversity greenspace. This is a project that has earnt the airport the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark Award and a CIRIA Big Biodiversity Award. The 75 ha site includes ancient woodland, with box schemes for bats and dormice, as well as wetlands and wildflower meadows.
Presentations are invited from participants on the subject of ‘traditional’ bat boxes, as well as research/conservation projects on other artificial roost structures. Abstracts should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the title, authors and their affiliations, and the email address of the author presenting. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 14th May.
£143 (registration, group accommodation on 2nd August, all meals during the symposium and excursion). An additional £52 (optional) to stay at Juniper Hall on Wednesday 1st August.