Bat man in ac­tion at Chal­licum night

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Peo­ple in Chal­licum district, south-east of Ararat, will have a rare op­por­tu­nity to gain in­sight into the life of bats in their re­gion at an Up­per Hop­kins Land Man­age­ment Group Bat Night on Satur­day.

The Bat Night, for Land­care en­thu­si­asts and their fam­i­lies and friends, will fea­ture ecol­o­gist Peter Ho­man at Doug Hop­kins’ Chal­licum prop­erty.

The event will start with a bar­be­cue at 6.30pm fol­lowed by a trap-set­ting ses­sion just be­fore dusk.

Mr Ho­man will ex­plain his work and share his knowl­edge of bats with par­tic­i­pants be­fore re­turn­ing to the field to check the nets.

Or­gan­is­ers are con­fi­dent the process will be in­ter­est­ing for chil­dren, but have warned of a po­ten­tial late night.

Mr Ho­man hopes to cap­ture a few bats the pre­vi­ous night to show the mam­mals to any­one who has to leave early.

Or­gan­is­ers have also ad­vised peo­ple to bring a torch and to wear sturdy footwear and long trousers to walk along a creek af­ter dark, and to wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt or light jumper to al­low Mr Ho­man to place the cap­tured bats on peo­ple’s cov­ered arms.

Mr Ho­man has more than 50 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in a wide range of in­tru­sive and non-in­tru­sive an­i­mal sur­vey tech­niques, in­clud­ing trap­ping and surveil­lance meth­ods.

He has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in sur­vey­ing small mam­mals such as bats, small rep­tiles, es­pe­cially skinks, frogs, wa­ter­birds, for­est-wood­land birds, fish and fresh­wa­ter macroin­ver­te­brates. He also has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in train­ing stu­dents and other in­ves­ti­ga­tors in these fields.

Mr Ho­man is also a longterm mem­ber of Fauna Sur­vey Group, Field Nat­u­ral­ists Club of Vic­to­ria, and a mem­ber of the Aus­tralasian Bat So­ci­ety and Aus­tralian Mam­mal So­ci­ety.

Or­gan­is­ers have asked Land­care mem­bers to bring bar­be­cue food for their fam­i­lies and a salad to share.

Up­per Hop­kins Land Man­age­ment Group will pro­vide bread, condi­ments, dessert, tea and cof­fee.

Peo­ple need to RSVP to Una Al­len­der by to­mor­row by call­ing 0419 891 920 or email­ing ual­len­der@big­

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