We’re always thinking of new, exciting events; ways we can train and engage our members on all things mammal and ways we can add valuable data to the existing information on mammals in Worcestershire.
To give you an idea of what we like to get up to, below is a summary of events for the year ahead. Before each event further information and details on how to book your place will be sent out to fully paid members. Further events may be added to the list as and when they are confirmed; so do keep an eye on this page.
By becoming a member these events will be free to attend (unless otherwise stated).
2018 Worcestershire Mammal Group Events
February – Mole meander. Broughton Hackett
An informal social meander to find mole hills!…….and other mammal signs. Moles are surprisingly under recorded within the county so this event will hopefully set you off on a mole hill finding mission! If you find a mole hill on this day, you are entitled to stay for some lunch afterwards at the March Hare – it had to be a mammal-related pub of course!
April – 7th Student Mammal Society Conference – University of Worcester
The 7th Mammal Society student conference provides a fantastic opportunity for students at all stages of study with an interest in mammals to meet in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The student conference is run by students for students with an exciting range of talks and posters on display. It provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your research among peers, talk to mammal experts and to make connections which might help you in your future career. The WMG will be running one of the workshops this year.
April – Small mammal trapping. Avon Meadows Wetland, Pershore
Avon Meadows is a wonderful wetland site which was created after the floods in 2007. The wetland not only plays an important role in helping to reduce the impact of flooding in the area, but it also is a haven for wildlife. Come along and join us as we try to discover what small mammals are using the reserve.
Led by the WMG, this will be jointly attended by our members and the Friends of Avon Meadows so numbers will be limited.
May – Water Vole survey
There may be a new Water Vole site for Worcestershire! We intend to survey the site and look for any Water Vole signs so we can establish whether there is a resident population or just an odd individual passing through.
June – Lesser Horseshoe bat count. Malvern.
A small number of WMG members will have the opportunity to assist Dr Johnny Birks with counting lesser horseshoe bats emerging from a large (700+) maternity roost on the Malvern Hills.
June – Water Vole survey
Bromsgrove has been known to have Water Voles present but these known site locations have not been surveyed for a while. It is understood that populations were very small at these sites. The WMG will be re-surveying these areas to determine if these Water Vole populations are still hanging on or not.
June – Camping weekend away to Snowdonia
Watch this space! Details to follow
November to January
We will be carrying out Harvest Mouse surveys within Worcestershire. This will also include some training on site/refresher training
December – winter talk ‘‘Three Boys out in the Bush – A mammal-watching trip to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia’
Come along and join us for what promises to be a great evening! We will provide you with a summary of what we have got up to during 2018 and what we have planned for 2019 and beyond! Dr Johnny Birks will be providing us with an entertaining and fascinating journey as he shares his experiences of when he went to Africa!