Thu 7 February 7.15pm - Whales & Dolphins (Dr Frazer Coomber) and AGM
Park United Reform Church, Palmer Park Ave, RG6 1DN.  Plenty of parking at the venue.
Thu 4 April - Pine Martens (Dr Johnny Birks, Swift Ecology)


Previous BMG talks

Thu 6 December 2018

Rescuing Ratty: Water vole ecology and conservation, Julia Lofthouse, BBOWT

Julia spoke about the lifestyle of our water voles, why they need our help, how they’re faring in Berkshire and the conservation work that’s being carried out to help them.

The speaker, Julia Lofthouse, is the Mammal Project Officer for BBOWT and has managed the Water Vole Recovery Project, which covers the waterways of Berks, Bucks and Oxon, for the past 11 years.

Thu 4 October 2018

Edible dormice (Glis glis):  a growing pain in the woods & in houses

Roger Trout spoke about a long-term monitoring scheme to investigate the habits of this invasive species and
problems they can cause for local residents and wildlife.

Thurs 5 April 2018 - Towards solving some prickly problems with hedgehog conservation

An outline of current research at the University of Reading.

Dr Phil Baker, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading; and Scientific Advisory Panel, The Mammal Society

Thurs 8 Feb 2018 - The Bat Atlas Project

Claire described the bats of Berkshire and outlined a five-year project to discover and plot the distribution of bats in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, thereby creating an atlas of accurate and up-to-date species distribution maps.

Claire Andrews, Director of CA Ecology and member of the Berks & South Bucks Bat Group

Thurs 7 Dec 2017 - Hunting primates in the Amazon: behavioral interactions between humans and monkeys

The Amazon is home to numerous species of monkeys, who come into contact with both ecotourists and indigenous hunters. Dr Papworth spoke about how this contact changes their behaviour, and what this might mean for the conservation of Amazonian primates.

Dr Sarah Papworth, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Royal Holloway, University of London

A write -up of this talk is available on our blog here

5th Oct 2017 Elephants in a human-dominated Africa

The challenge of coexistence between the world's largest land animal and some of the world's poorest people. What management options we have, with a specific focus on fences and contraception. All accompanied by photos and anecdotes of elephants I have come to know and love.

Victoria Boult, Postgraduate Research Student at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

9 February 2017:  Project Splatter

Project Splatter is a citizen science research project at Cardiff University that collates wildlife roadkill data reported by members of the public using social media. Please let the project know where, when and what species you have seen as roadkill in the UK.

Our blogpost of this talk is here.

Dr Sarah Perkins. Project Splatter Co-ordinator, Cardiff University

1 December 2016:  The Gib-Bats project

The project is to clearly establish what bat species are living year round in Gibraltar and what species use the Rock during certain times of the year. The project aims to educate the community on bats and also advise HM Government of Gibraltar on how to protect these endangered animals and their habitats.

James Shipman. Chairman, Berks & South Bucks Bat Group

3 November 2016:  Why is the slow loris venomous and will this help or hinder their conservation?

All species of loris are threatened with extinction. Some are amongst the rarest primates on the planet. It is hoped that they can remain in the forest for as long as possible so we can learn more about these most unique primates. Stephanie and Claire gave a very informative talk about their studies concerning these enigmatic and much threatened primates.

Our blogpost on this talk is here and the project web page is here.

Stephanie Poindexter & Claire Cardinal, Oxford Brookes University

6 October 2016:  American mink – evil or interesting?

American mink are small, semi-aquatic animals that have proven to be remarkably adaptable. This adaptability led to their conquest of three continents, and to them being a threat to native diversity in new habitats. What makes mink so successful – and how do we find out? Joanna's talk provided an insight into the biology of the American mink and convinced many in the audience that they are worthy of study.

Our blogpost of Joanna's talk is here.

Dr Joanna Bagniewska, Teaching fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Readin

Otter Swimming

The Berkshire Mammal Group organise indoor meetings from October to March and outdoor events in the spring and summer.

BMG Winter Talks Programme
All talks are on Thursday evenings and will start at 7.15 pm. Talks are free for members and £4 for non-members. Why not join on the night?

Please note the new venue: Park United Reformed Church, on the corner of Palmer Park Avenue and Wokingham Road, Reading.