Daubenton’s bat surveys from bridges are now underway again and are suitable for beginners, as well as more experienced recorders, as training will be given. We have just done a very successful survey on the Kyme Eau at South Kyme, with one confirmed Daubenton’s roost and another present but not yet located. The team there will carry on with this on their own, with support where needed, but by the end of the summer will have learnt a great deal and hopefully even found where the other roost is. Other surveys are being carried out in the Sutton on Sea area – contact Annette if you want to know more about these and she will pass your details to the leader. Julie Ellison is also doing more surveys up in the north of the county too – contact her direct on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved there.
Down in the south Annette is organising a series of surveys on the Vernatt’s Drain complex and the River Glen, and the dates for these are as follows:
Sunday 10 July (Vernatt’s)
Friday or Saturday 15 or 16 July (R Glen)
Friday or Sunday 22 or 24 July (Vernatt’s)
Sunday 31 July (R Glen)
Friday 5 August (Vernatt’s)
Saturday or Sunday 13 or 14 August (Vernatt’s)
If you would like to come on any of these surveys please email her to get you name put down and you will be contacted with more details.
This is the fourth year of this project to try to find where Daubenton’s bats are roosting along our water courses, and we have learnt an enormous amount. We’ve even found roosts and now know which sorts of bridges Daubenton’s particularly like (answer: modern concrete!). We would love more members to join us. Do get in touch!
Annette Faulkner, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.