Monthly Archives: October 2013

A bat is not just for Halloween

Tonight lots of people will be out trick and treating or carving pumpkins or generally having a good time. I’ve talked before about why bats are associated with Halloween,  http://www.bedsbatgroup.org.uk/wordpress/?p=6694 but in real life, most bats are tucking themselves sway … Continue reading

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What do you do when a Bat group member retires?

If you are devious like us, you make a note of it and you remember how they foolishly offered to help with talks! And so it was that Viv and Malcolm went to give a  well received talk at Bramhill … Continue reading

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Bat box checking

  On Friday Geraldine, Dick and Bob did a check on the bat boxes we have in Luton, and drew a complete blank. This was a disappointment and we hoped for greater success at the Main bat box survey. On … Continue reading

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Cake and penguins

Last night the committee met for the third and final time this year. It was a long meeting –  it lasted three and a half hours, but we got got a tremendous amount done. Some long drawn out paperwork was … Continue reading

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Sponsor a bat researcher

Earlier this year we helped Phil Brown, an MSc student at Bristol University with his research into the distribution of Whiskered, Alcathoe and Brandt’s bats. This is a self funded MSc, In between visiting 45 sites he has also been … Continue reading

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Bats for Halloween.

Not for the first time, and definitely not the last, we in common with a lot of organisations have been asked to do a bat walk for Halloween. We have head to refuse not because we are afraid to go … Continue reading

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Apple and Pumpkin Day at Luton Hoo Walled Garden

We really feared the worst when we saw the weather forecast but we were lucky that the rain didn’t arrive. We shared a small room with friends the Greensand Trust, There wasn’t really room to swing a bat let alone … Continue reading

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One last survey

At this time of year a bat’s thoughts turn to finding a mate and for the last month or so the air has been full of males calling to females.  Sometimes males and females will go a a particular site … Continue reading

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A record year for the bat group

As Angie said last night was the last official survey night of the season, though we might sneak out again if the weather holds up. Here at Bat Group central we are scraping mud of equipment and checking it over … Continue reading

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Last Stockgrove Survey of the season

Angie, the Stockgrove co-ordinator writes Well sadly last night was the last Stockgrove Bat Survey of 2013. As expected the bat activity was low, all tree and box roosts were empty, even the Daubentons count over the lake was nil … Continue reading

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