Daubenton’s Surveys

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 julie@julieellison.co.uk 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, annettefaulkner@btinternet.com