Thurs 21st April
2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
7.30 p.m. at Farmoor Village Hall, Cumnor Road, Farmoor, OX2 9NS
Followed by a talk by Keith Cohen
“A Scot's view of bats in Oxfordshire"
a journey of discovery to see what can be found out or figured out by a “wee northerner” about what bats are here, where they might be and why.
Projects for 2016 – all ideas, suggestions and plans for the coming season are welcome.
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of AGM 2015
3. Chairman's Report: review of the year’s activities.
4. Treasurer's Report: Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2015 for approval
5. Proposed Amendments to the Constitution: to provide more flexibility in the running of the Group the following three amendments are proposed (please see also the attached copy of the constitution:
o Section ‘Trustees’: to increase the number of trustees from five to six (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus three others (increased from two others));
o Section ‘Accounts’: to change the signatories on the bank accounts to Chairman, Treasurer and one other trustee (currently Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary). /continued overleaf
o Section: ‘Trustees meetings’: to update the media used to publicise trustees meetings to include the website and email.
6. Election of Trustees: Currently: Hannah Bilston, David Endacott, Steve Heath, Stuart Jenkins, Kathy Warden.
Nominations invited: please submit to the Acting Secretary, Kathy Warden, firstname.lastname@example.org by 19th April 2016.
7. Election of Officers: Current Office holders:
Chairman: David Endacott
Acting Secretary: Kathy Warden
Treasurer: Kathy Warden
Membership: Stuart Jenkins
Nominations are invited for all posts. Please submit nominations to the Chairman, David Endacott; tel. 01235 764832 or email@example.com
8. Any Other Business:
2016 Events - check here for details of upcoming events.
Piddington Wood box checks- dates TBA
NBMP Roost Counts - dates will be decided at short notice, so contact OBG in advance if you'd like to help count some amazing roosts
Fetes, Fairs, etc- members of OBG regularly attend such events with a stall offering information and education about bats - if you would like to arrange for OBG to attend your event then send us a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We usualyy charge for events.
Requests for Talks and Walks- members of OBG regularly provide illustrated talks or guided walks about bats - if you would like to arrange a an event about bats for your group then use the send us a request to email@example.com We usually charge for such events contact firstname.lastname@example.org for deatails
Oxfordshire Goes Wild : 9th April Natural HIstory Museum, Oxford
Volunteers to help on OBG stand are welcome ( contact email@example.com)
OXFORD FESTIVAL OF NATURE: 1st – 14th June
On Saturday, 4th June the OBG will have a stand at the University Natural History Museum, Oxford with Dave Endacott demonstrating and talking about captive injured bats. There will also be display boards, leaflets etc. - if anyone would like to volunteer to help out with the display and answering visitors’ questions please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other 2016 events the OBG will be involved in are as follows:
Bat Walks: Please note that booking is required, direct with the event organisers as shown below.
26th August and 9th September:
Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, West Berkshire. Book direct with the organiser, BBOWT, details at: http://www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on?keys="nature+discovery+centre"
10th August: Great Coxwell Barn, near Faringdon, organiser: the National Trust – bookings information from:
21st July and 4th August: Dinton Pastures Country Park, near Wokingham
Events organised by Wokingham DC Countryside Rangers, more information and booking details from: Wokingham Borough Council website.
Box Checks - these were undertaken at Piddington Wood, Boarstall Duck Decoy, Foxholes Wood, Cairncross Green Wood, Grimsbury Nature Reserve, Wolvercote Lake, Chimney
NBMP Roost Counts - Counts were undertaken at roosts of common and soprano pipistrelle, serotine and brown long-eared bats
OBG attended the following events with a stand:
Oxfordshire Goes Wild
Oxford Festival of Nature
BBOWT’s Wild Woods Day
Medivet Faringdon Open Day
Bat talks were given to a wide range of audiences including schools and special interest groups such as Stroke Survivors.
Bat events were provided for several organisations including the National Trust (at Great Coxwell, Canons Ashby and Chedworth), BBOWT (at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre and Chimney reserve), Wokingham District Council Countryside Section, Earth Trust at Little Wittenham, Cotswold Water Park’s Spooktacular event and Oxfordshire City Council at Shotover.Hibernaculum NBMP monitoring - was undertaken at four sites