Thurs 8 Feb 2018

The Bat Atlas Project

Claire will describe the bats of Berkshire and outline 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 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

Non-BMG Mammal Related Event

Mammal Recording  - How Citizen Science is Informing Conservation

Evening Talk organised by the Wildlife Trust,  Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BBOWT)

Thursday 22 February 2018,  7.30pm - 10pm   MAIDENHEAD

Dave Wembridge from PTES (People’s Trust for Endangered Species) will talk about two Citizen Science projects, which have been running since 2001 and 2003, and how the survey results over the years are informing conservation.

The two PTES surveys – Living with Mammals and Mammals on Roads - show how our wildlife populations are changing, both in our rural areas and in our towns and cities.

Dave will talk about the PTES surveys, how the general public has contributed and what the results can tell us - from the thousands of miles of surveyed roads and monitored urban areas - about trends in our mammal populaces and how that citizen-recorded data is being utilised.

Location : Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) Education Centre, Woolley Firs, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead SL6 3LJ

Price : Suggested donation £3 per person

Suitable : For all ages. For people with limited mobility, please contact the organiser in advance.

Places are limited, so booking is essential

Book online    or through the Wildlife Trust’s Nature Discovery Centre on 01635 874381     Email enquiries :

Previous BMG talks

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

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.