**Please note, this is a hosted webpage. Please use contact details given below for enquiries regarding bats (i.e. do not contact SEWBReC). Cardiff Bat Group do not carry out survey work, please use the IEEM directory if you require a professional survey carried out.**

 

 

Cardiff Bat Group

Cardiff Bat Group

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Cardiff Bat Group welcomes anyone! We run a fun programme of events & training and take part in many bat conservation surveys. Follow the link to the Cardiff Bat Group Facebook page to see the latest event and survey information and let us know if you would like to get involved. We offer opportunities for beginners and the more experienced.

If you would like to join us, please complete & return the membership form. For all other enquiries, please contact secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces).

 

Cardiff Bat Group covers the unitary authority of Cardiff and is affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust, the national body representing Bat Conservation in the UK.

 

Aims of the Group

  • Further the knowledge of bat distribution and activity in the Group's area.
  • Promote the conservation of bats and their habitat.
  • Provide a forum for discussion on bat conservation issues.
  • Improve public perception of bats.
  • Consider sustainable options in all its activities.
Please note, Cardiff Bat Group does NOT carry out survey work for commercial developments. If you require professional survey work, please refer to the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) website, which contains a directory of ecological consultants: http://www.ieem.net/ieemdirectory.asp.

 

 

Committee for 2014

Elected positions

  • Chair & Secretary - Alexandra Pollard
  • Vice Chair - James Byrne
  • Treasurer - Jonathon Lee
  • Events & Records Officer - Lucy Emery

 

Non Elected positions

  • President - Richard Crompton
  • Marginalised Groups Officer - Kevin Chubb

 

 

Bats, Planning and the Law

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation. Do you have a question about Bats, Planning and the Law? Do you want to know what to do if you suspect bats or their roosts are under threat? Please follow the links below to the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) website:

Planning and the Law

Reporting Bat Crimes

 

Biological Recording

If you have spotted any bats in South East Wales, please submit your records to SEWBReC. You can do this using the SEWBReC on-line recording form. You do not have to be able to identify the bat species you have recorded: all bats found in the UK are European Protected Species.

 

Events Programme 2014

Please contact Alex Pollard if you would like further details about any events. secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces)

Date Title Type Venue Meet at Time Contact
Saturday 31 May Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Taff Trail - Treforest to Radyr Treforest Station 9pm Alex Pollard
Saturday 7 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Taff Trail - Radyr to Cardiff Bay Radyr Station 9.15pm Alex Pollard
Thursday 12 June St Fagans Bat Count Survey St Fagans TBC 8.30 pm Alex Pollard
Friday 13 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey St Fagans to Cardiff Plymouth Inn car park 9.15pm Alex Pollard
Tuesday 17 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Ely Trail TBC 9.15pm Jonathon Lee
Wednesday 2 July Field Survey Survey Howardian Nature Reserve David Lloyd Leisure Centre 9.30pm TBC
Wednesday 9 July NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Ely TBC TBC Jonathon Lee
Wednesday 16 July Field Survey Survey Howardian Nature Reserve David Lloyd Leisure Centre 9.30pm TBC
Wednesday 23 July NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Ely TBC TBC Jonathon Lee
Wednesday 23 July Cardiff Parks Bat Walk Bat Walk Hailey Park Radyr Road entrance 9-11pm TBC
Saturday 26 July Nathusius Night Survey Across Cardiff TBC TBC Alex Pollard
Friday 8 August NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Taff Mary Street, Llandaf North TBC James Byrne
Saturday 9 August NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Rhymney, Draethen Hollybush pub TBC Alex Pollard
Wednesday 13 August Cardiff Parks Bat Walk Bat Walk Heath Park Model railway car park 9-11pm TBC
Wednesday 20 August Cardiff Parks Bat Walk Bat Walk Hendre Lake n/a 8.30pm onwards TBC
Friday 22 August NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Taff Mary Street, Llandaf North TBC James Byrne
Saturday 23 August NBMP Waterway Survey Survey River Rhymney, Draethen Hollybush pub TBC Alex Pollard
Sunday 17 August Out of the Woods Festival Education/ Stand Sophia Gardens n/a TBC Alex Pollard
Saturday 30 August Bat box monitoring Survey Bute Park Outside Pettigrew Tearooms 10am onwards Alex Pollard
Saturday 30 August Cardiff Parks Bat Walk Bat Walk Cefn Onn Country Park Car park 8pm onwards TBC
Saturday 6 September Bat box monitoring Survey Bute Park Outside Pettigrew Tearooms 10am onwards Alex Pollard
Tuesday 16 December Christmas Do Party TBC TBC TBC Alex Pollard
Wednesday 21 January 2015 Bats of Cardiff (Friends of Forest Farm) Talk TBC TBC TBC Alex Pollard

If you are interested in attending the events or require any further information, please email Alex Pollard at secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces).

Many of our events are weather dependant so always check our up-to-date events listing on our Facebook page on the day of the event. You have to be a member of facebook to view the events page but if you join you can register your interest in a particular event. Facebook will then remind you that the event is coming and provide us with an automated list of names for the event. If you are unable to access facebook, contact the relevant contact listed for the event or our secretary. Please note that we will e-mail the group with any general changes to events but with some of the weather dependant surveys this is not always possible.

 

Bikes and Bats Project

Bats and bikes is an exciting new pilot study for monitoring bats, developed in partnership with the Cardiff Bat Group, Valleys Bat Group and Sustrans, and funded by the National Lottery. The project aims to survey bats on the National Cycle Network, of which there are approximately 1,200 miles across Wales alone. We shall be focusing at a local level and surveying the Taff trail sections between Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff Bay. This will be broken into sections and rides will be on the following dates:

Date Title Type Venue Meet at Time Contact
Saturday 31 May Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Taff Trail - Treforest to Radyr Treforest Station 9pm Alex Pollard
Saturday 7 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Taff Trail - Radyr to Cardiff Bay Radyr Station 9.15pm Alex Pollard
Friday 13 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey St Fagans to Cardiff Plymouth Inn car park 9.15pm Alex Pollard
Tuesday 17 June Bats and Bikes Survey Survey Ely Trail TBC 9.15pm Jonathon Lee

All sections will start and end at or near a railway station so people can get to them easily along the Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil line (the valley lines trains are able to take a limited number of bikes). We shall be using an Anabat detector and a GPS to record what bats we encounter and where, and also other bat detectors (loudspeaker) so members of the group can hear the bats as we cycle along. We shall be wearing hi-vis jackets (provided) and you will need to bring good quality bike lights to see the road ahead. The data will then be analysed and a 'bat map' created showing the results and passed on to SEWBReC.

Everyone is welcome to get involved including not only bat and cycle groups, but anyone with access to a bike. Each ride will be around 8 miles, or 16 miles if you join us for the full circular route. The lead riders will have bright lights to help light the way, but all attendees MUST bring bike lights and be confident to cycle in the dark  - we'll be starting the survey 30 minutes after sun down and the trail will be dark (though a good quality tarmac surface). For more information please contact Richard Dodd (doddrf@yahoo.co.uk) or Alex Pollard (secretary@cardiffbats.org.uk).

 

Other Surveys

Volunteers needed! All surveys are weather dependant, so please let us know if you intend coming so we can get in touch with you if we need to cancel. If anyone would like to carry out a different National Bat Monitoring Programme survey, please contact Danielle Cowell and she will organise it with the Bat Conservation Trust.