<![CDATA[DEVON MAMMAL GROUP - Events]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2022 23:48:25 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[An Evening of Dormice - Tuesday, 29th November 2022 at 7:30pm, The Kenn Centre]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2022 17:49:13 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/an-evening-of-dormice-tuesday-29th-november-2022-at-730pm-the-kenn-centrePicture
We welcome Ellie Scopes, Matt Parkins and Charlotte Armitage to join us at one of our DMG evenings to give us an overview of their fantastic work on Dormice.

Ellie Scopes - With the help of volunteers from Cornwall and Devon Mammal Groups, I have spent the summer surveying for dormice using footprint tunnels. My aim was to investigate how dormice are using hedges and scrub areas, which are understudied habitats. In this talk, I will discuss this fieldwork and data gathering process, and touch on the preliminary results, such as where I found dormice.


Matt Parkins - Working as a woodland conservationist on a number of Woodland Trust sites around Dartmoor I have various dormouse monitoring projects running to inform us about optimum ways to improve habitats. Working with researchers from the University of Exeter provides us with a more detailed insight into the behaviour of the species in the area. In turn, this can help us to further improve those habitats as we know more about connectivity across the landscape and essential food sources that benefit dormice

Charlotte Armitage - My work focuses on dormouse ecology in fragmented, upland and marginal landscapes at the edges of their range. More specifically I have been investigating how dormice utilise conifer habitat how best to manage them in the face of climate change, to ensure their conservation at local, regional and national levels. My main study site is Clocaenog Forest in northeast Wales, but I have also been working in Fingle Woods and Okehampton as part of my research.
 
Tuesday, 29th November 2022 at 7:30pm
The Kenn Centre, 3 Exeter Rd, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7TW

The talks will also be run online via Zoom, so there are tickets available for The Kenn Centre and for Zoom.

Members: £2.50   Non Members: £4.00

Please book your space through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-dormice-tickets-452087414627

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<![CDATA[Pips and Pints - Tuesday 13th September 2022, start 7:30pm]]>Tue, 16 Aug 2022 06:56:26 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/pips-and-pints-tuesday-13th-september-2022-start-730pm
Beginning at Catacombs Park, Bartholomew St entrance, St David's, Exeter. A guided walk looking and listening for bats around the cemetery and beyond. Will we find some lucky horseshoes?
Suitable for families and those starting out at bat detecting. Some bat detectors will be available but please bring your own if have one. Approx. 2 hours, followed by optional pub stop. Suitable footwear advised, and please bring a torch. Donations welcomed.
Joint event with Devon Bat Group and Devon Wildlife Trust Exeter Local Group.
With thanks to Exeter City Council.
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<![CDATA[From Zoo to You: Pine Martens and Red Squirrels in North Wales by Craig Shuttleworth 6th September, 7:30pm]]>Tue, 16 Aug 2022 06:53:35 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/from-zoo-to-you-pine-martens-and-red-squirrels-in-north-wales-by-craig-shuttleworth
The Magical Mammals Project is a partnership between Red Squirrels Trust Wales, Clocaenog Red Squirrels Trust and Natural Resources Wales. It is mapping existing red squirrel and pine marten habitat in key areas of North Wales and boosting populations by releasing animals that have been born in Zoos as part of ongoing captive-breeding programmes. In 2020, four pine martens were released near the city of Bangor to boost the regional population
 
Tuesday, 6th September 2022 at 7:30pm
Online via Zoom

Members: £2.50   Non Members: £4.00

Please book your space through Eventbrite

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<![CDATA[NEW DATE!! A talk by Stephen Powles: "The Cave Elephants of Mount Elgon" 28th September, 7.30pm]]>Tue, 07 Jun 2022 14:41:44 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/agm-followed-by-a-talk-by-stephen-powles-the-cave-elephants-of-mount-elgon-4th-july-730pmPicture
A talk by Stephen Powles “Going Under Ground - The Cave Elephants of Mt Elgon

Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the Kenya/Uganda border, is home to a unique population of elephants. Consuming a montane vegetation made low in minerals by the leaching effect of heavy rainfall, elephants travel up to 150m into the mountain to “mine” the mineral rich volcanic rock. The talk will also explore the wider natural and cultural history of the mountain and the fascinating theories as to how the caves might have been formed.

Wednesday, 28th September 2022 at 7:30pm
The Kenn Centre, 3 Exeter Rd, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7TW
The talks will also be run online via Zoom, so there are tickets available for The Kenn Centre and for Zoom.

Members: £2.50   Non Members: £4.00

Please book your space through Eventbrite

BOOK HERE

As usual, all profits will go towards the running of our talks, the Harvest Mouse Project, the Small Grants Scheme and maintaining equipment for members to borrow.


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<![CDATA[Devon Bat Survey 2021 Results - Tuesday 26th April 2022 7:30pm via Zoom]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2022 18:04:54 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/devon-bat-survey-2021-results-tuesday-26th-april-2022-730pm-via-zoomPictureCredit Mike Symes
By Elinor Parry (Devon Wildlife Trust)
Devon Bat Survey is a citizen science project that has been running through Devon Wildlife Trust since 2016. The aim is to give anyone the opportunity to find out what bats are about near them, by borrowing a bat detector which will record the ultrasonic calls the bats make and are used to identify them to species. The project was funded through Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project which came to an end earlier this year, and has now been taken on by Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (supported by Saving Devon's Treescapes and the Halpin Trust). Find out how bats have been doing in Exeter, Seaton, Torbay and South Devon.

Tuesday, 26th April 2022 at 7:30pm
 
Online via Zoom
Members: £2.50   Non Members: £4.00

Please book your space through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devon-bat-survey-2021-results-by-elinor-parry-tickets-312169365977

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<![CDATA[Watch this space for our 2022 events]]>Sat, 02 Apr 2022 08:01:38 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/watch-this-space-for-our-2022-eventsWe'll update this section soon with our upcoming events. We're working on bringing you an exciting variety of topics over the next few months! All members will get details of events sent to them as soon as they're confirmed.

Our next talk will be on the 26th April. Elinor Parry from Devon Biodiversity Records Centre will be talking to us about the Devon Bat Survey. More details soon.]]>
<![CDATA[AGM followed by a talk by Dr Robyn Grant: “The walrus’s whiskers and the mouse’s moustache: why do animals have whiskers?” 28th April, 7:30pm]]>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 19:09:01 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/agm-followed-by-a-talk-by-dr-robyn-grant-the-walruss-whiskers-and-the-mouses-moustache-why-do-animals-have-whiskers-28th-april-730pmOne of the most striking features on the faces of many mammals
are the presence of their long whiskers, or vibrissae. Primarily,
these are used for touch sensing, and can be employed to guide
behaviours such as foraging, navigation, and social interactions.
Most mammals have whiskers at some stage of their life, and these
have a common muscle architecture. While similarities in whisker
position and muscle architecture suggest a common mammalian
ancestor with whiskers, variations in morphology and anatomy
reveal that whiskers are also adapted to function in many species.
This presentation will describe similarities and differences in
mammalian whisker morphology and behaviour. We find that
whiskers are especially prominent in nocturnal, arboreal and
aquatic mammals, that also tend to move their whiskers.
Understanding more about differences in whisker form and function
will provide important insights into mammalian sensory biology.

Dr Robyn Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Physiology
and Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a
sensory biologist, studying the sense of touch in mammals and
birds. She works closely with museums and zoos to better
understand the functional significance of facial sensors.

Wednesday 28th April 2021
at 7.30pm

This event will be held online via Zoom
Members - £2.50        Non members - £4.50
Please follow the link to Eventbrite to book your place

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-walruss-whiskers-the-mouses-moustache-why-do-animals-have-whiskers-tickets-149585096049 

All profits we take will go towards the following:
The running of our talks
The Harvest Mouse Project
Our Small Grants Scheme
Maintaining equipment for members to borrow
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<![CDATA[Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project; achievements and new discoveries. By Anna David. Tuesday 9th March 2021at 8pm]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:00:21 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/devon-greater-horseshoe-bat-project-achievements-and-new-discoveries-by-anna-david-tuesday-9th-march-2021at-8pmAn overview of the work that the DGHB Project has undertaken over the last 6 years. This includes:
  • working with farmers to improve habitats for this rare mammal
  • working with schools and communities to improve awareness
  • research - including the Devon Bat Survey - a highly successful citizen science project
The talk will be in two halves. The first, an overview of the work of the bat project, and the second half will be looking in more detail at the work of the Devon Bat Survey and sharing some of the findings we have from it. 

Tuesday 9th March 2021
at 8pm

This event will be held online via Zoom
Members £2.50 - Non Members £4

Please follow the link to Eventbrite to book your place
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devon-greater-horseshoe-bat-project-achievements-and-new-discoveries-tickets-141591605303

All monies raised through tickets sales will go towards the following:
The Harvest Mouse Project
Our Small Grants Scheme
Maintaining equipment for members to borrow
Costs associated with providing talks

Please let us know if you can no longer attend our event once you have booked a place as we have limited tickets available. This will allow us to offer your place to someone on the waiting list. 
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<![CDATA[Returning the Eurasian Beaver to Devon (and England) By Mark Elliot. Tuesday, 19th January at 8pm]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:22:40 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/returning-the-eurasian-beaver-to-devon-and-england-by-mark-elliot-tuesday-19th-january-at-8pmIn August 2020, the government made the momentous decision that the wild River Otter beavers would be permitted to remain in perpetuity and spread naturally into adjacent river catchments. This marked the first authorised reintroduction of a mammal back into the English landscape, and followed the successful conclusion of the 5-year River Otter Beaver Trial (ROBT), which was led by Devon Wildlife Trust, working closely with the University of Exeter, Clinton Devon Estates and Derek Gow consultancy.

This talk will outline the background to the Trial and the key findings that have enabled Defra to make this decision. It will include detail on the monitoring of the beavers, their health and welfare and their impacts on the environment of the River Otter. It will also discuss the management of conflicts that they bring, and these will be managed over the next decade, as well as their wider reintroduction into Britain and the upcoming Defra consultation.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021 at 8pm

This is an online event using Zoom

Members: £2.50 - Non Members £4

To book please follow the link below to eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/returning-the-eurasian-beaver-to-devon-and-englan-tickets-133471997337?fbclid=IwAR10qNkB6rG685_nQM5RcQBqsC3ch2oMasuovjGWDi7RF8-MJ5s5znSvzdA
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<![CDATA[Argument or negotiation: the search for opportunities to move on from conflict about badgers and culling, by Stephan Price]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:33:13 GMThttp://devonmammalgroup.org/events/argument-or-negotiation-the-search-for-opportunities-to-move-on-from-conflict-about-badgers-and-culling-by-stephan-priceAs the culling of badgers to reduce the incidence of bovine TB in cattle began in 2013, a project to research the views surrounding culling was set up at the University of Exeter. It aimed to find out not only what people involved in the debate in and around the pilot cull areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset thought, but also to look for opportunities to unstick the arguments over this intractable issue.
Stephan, who was the researcher on that project and published a book about it, will describe the work he did, and reflect on its findings.

Tuesday 1st December 2020
at 7:30pm

This event will be held online via Zoom
Free event

Please follow the link to Eventbrite to book your place

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/badger-talk-by-stephan-price-tickets-129135173781
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