Category Archives: SBG Events

Cave checks for bats – 12th March 2019

I’m planning on conducting a couple of (very!) late cave checks this Tuesday 12th March, unless our ‘cave guardians’ have to cancel. Any paid-up members are welcome to come along BUT you must have been caving before, and you must have your own equipment – so decent wellies (I recommend cheapo Mole Valley 12 quid jobs, really good grip), a proper helmet (not a hard hat!) and a decent headtorch. Oh and some overalls/cave suit/waterproofs – some are a bit wet and one is an old ochre mine so you also need gloves otherwise everything you touch will end up orange.

These are proper caves so I can’t help you if you are claustrophobic. I say all this because people have turned up with no torch, some ancient Hunter wellies with no grip, and then revealed they don’t like small spaces! Having said all that, the caves aren’t really horrible, just have a few smaller bits and are really good fun. Starting 10am in Axbridge, maybe going to Priddy, Wells and Oakhill to give you some idea of what we’ll be doing. You will be need to be a little bit fit too…

Let me know and sorry for the late notice but most of these caves are not open access and so are not easy to arrange well in advance. There will be a limit to how many we can take in but I’m not expecting hordes of people midweek. Hopefully the weather will be rubbish and there’ll still be some bats in there!


Cave checks for bats

Cave checks for bats


Burrington Coombe cave hibernation survey – Sun 10 Feb 2019

Pete Banfield is doing Burrington Coombe cave hibernation surveys on Sunday 10th Feb 2019.

There are 3 spaces left, if you would like to attend please let me know asap as it is first come first served, contact Pete directly at or call 07774454266.

Bat Box Checks at Great Breach Wood & Ham Wall NNR. Sat 29th Sept 2018


Take drinks/lunch/waterproofs.

Contact Paul Kennedy to join in:

Bat Detectors “Show and tell”

We’ve had a fantastic response to the invitation for members to talk about bat-related kit at our next meeting:

  • Sat 31st March 2018 at The Great Bow Wharf (Stuckey Room), Langport
  • 1.45 for 2pm start until 4pm.

So far people have come forward saying that they can do 10 minutes on:

  • Anabat Express and Walkabout,
  • SM2,
  • Batbox Baton,
  • Elekon Batscanner
  • EM Touch 2.

We’ve also had someone say that they can talk briefly about the FLIR thermal camera and an Endoscope.

But there is still space for more… So if the bat detector that you use isn’t mentioned or you have any other type of bat related tech please contact Cath at to say that you can do 5-10 minutes.

Winter programme 2017/18

Dates and details will be posted shortly – usually meet last Saturday in Jan/Feb/March for indoor talks either at Taunton SWT or Cheddar SWT offices. (no Dec meeting)

Shapwick Bat Walk cancelled 28th July 17

unfortunately the bat walk at Avalon Marshes has been cancelled due to lack of bookings, and also the inclement weather, wind and rain.


Next bat group event – Brue Valley Big Bat Survey Friday 4th August 2017.

Somerset levels Bat box checks – Sat 27th May 2017

10am – 3.30pm Bat box checks at Westhay, Catcott SWT reserves, Shapwick Heath & Canada Farm (NE)

All day event, bring packed lunch.

Westhay SWT, Daggs Lane Drove ST456437/Catcott SWT ST399414

Leader: Paul Kennedy – contact to book place: 01823 652749/0781 2442631

Next Somerset Bat Group Meeting- Sat 25th Feb, 2pm

Meet at 2pm for 2.30pm start at SWT Offices, 34 Wellington Rd Taunton TA1 5AW

Update from Nick Tomlinson on the finale of the Routes to the River Tone project and future involvement of volunteers in bat projects in Taunton.

Guest speaker from Bat Conservation Trust – Olivia Morton (Helpline Officer) an update on the projects and work of the Bat Conservation Trust.

Summer programme for SBG – plans so far….

Subs can be paid for 2017 at this meeting.  £5 or at our AGM on 29th April 2017.

RSVP to attend:

SWT Westhay Bat Walk Friday 16th Sept 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset Bat Group on a guided walk across the mire on Westhay Moor SWT to watch and listen to bats with bat detectors.  Short introductory talk about bats and bat detecting skills.  £4 per person, children must be accompanied.  Wear long sleeves, boots/wellies.  Torches needed.

Booking essential:

Brue Valley Big Bat Survey Training Workshop 15/7/16

Brue Valley Big Bat Survey Training Workshop “Using Your Ears” Friday 15h July 2016, 7-11pm, with Ed Wells & Somerset Bat Group at Somerset Earth Science Centre.

Please reply if attending ASAP to: