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Strubby Vicarage July Counts

The vicarage has over 300 pipistrelle bats in the maternity roost, more expected in July now the juveniles will be about too! Please join us for a spectacular opportunity on the evening of 9th and/or 23rd July to count these. This roost is great for beginners as well as the more experienced, and not one to be missed. Please contact Richard on richardgreenpe20@hotmail.co.uk for further details. If there is enough interest he may organise another opportunity to watch the dawn swarming. Dawn in June was amazing, and well worth the early start. A big thanks go to Carol for her hospitality when we visit.

BCT Big Bat Map

The Big Bat Map is an interactive map that lets you view and share sightings of bats flying in your area! You can visit it HERE. Bats can be seen in cities, woodland, parks, fields and gardens all over the UK. Apart from being able to record your own sightings, the Big Bat Map also identifies “bat hotspots” which have been recommended by Bat Conservation Trust staff and local bat groups as good places to go and see bats.

Thank you to everyone who shared their bat sighting with us over the last few months. If you have provided us your email address and agreed that you are happy to be contacted, you will receive an email soon with some Big Bat Map highlights and batty news!

Bats are fully active now so it is time to clear the map and start a fresh page of sightings! We will be clearing the map (don’t worry we do keep all the sightings) on Wednesday the 1st of June. If you want to help us monitor bats then do please visit the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) where you will find different surveys that are suitable for all sorts of experience. The NBMP is celebrating its 20thanniversary this year, its success relies on thousands of volunteer citizen scientist who contribute data – without them, we simply would not know how bats are faring. Take a look here:http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/nbmp.html

You can also make your garden a bat hotspot by gardening for bats! Read this for more information.