General Members Meeting

Dear all,

Royal Park Protection Group is holding a GENERAL MEETING with a most interesting speaker and you are invited.

When: SATURDAY JUNE 19th 2021

Time: 1.45pm for 2pm start

Location: Walmsley House  161 Gatehouse Street Parkville

Come and learn about Microbats

This meeting was initially planned for 2020 but Covid intervened

Our Guest Speaker is Dr Lindy Lumsden  

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 

Her Topic: Microbats

Bats play an important role in controlling insect numbers, including a range of pest species, by eating up to half their body weight in insects in a night.  However, due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour and cryptic roosting habits, these valuable native mammals are rarely seen and are often portrayed negatively in the media. 

Lindy is passionate about trying to reverse these negative perceptions and conducts a wide range of extension activities to educate and enthuse people about the bats.  In her talks she describes fascinating and little known aspects of the natural history of these nocturnal creatures. As most people do not have the opportunity to see bats close up, she brings along a live bat to show at the end of her talk. 

Lindy is based at the Arthur Rylah Institute, the wildlife research institute of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, where she has been conducting ecological research on bats for over 35 years.  Although based in Victoria, her research has also taken her to remote areas of Australia, and to many countries overseas.