Monthly Archives: February 2020

Wrest Park undercroft

We went back today, this time with Chris who is used to squeezing into confined spaces. We didn’t find any bats,which surprised him, as it very similar to a Cambridgeshire site which has numerous bats. One of the doors may … Continue reading

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Summary of February hibernation surveys

Finally got all the Feb survey results: Totals for all sites are 159 Natterer’s, 47 Daubenton’s, 1¬†Myotis sp.,7 BLE, 3 Pip sp. and 3 unidentified, making 220bats in all. Dead bats and unseen “squeakers” were not counted.We found bats in … Continue reading

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Whipsnade hibernation update

On friday, we put the camera and SM4 back in the Kodiak Bear Den. We will collect them an April. We also did the surveys in all the hibernacula. Sadly the barbastelle has moved on

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A perk of hibernation surveys

At this time of year it is easy to think Spring will never come. But look what we saw on the way to one hibernation site.

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will this wind…

With impeccable timing, the weekend saw our final hibernation surveys. This made for some interesting moments. The first stop was a purpose built hibernaculum which is reached via a ditch. We have thighwaders for just such an eventuality, but the … Continue reading

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lrBat and Churches 2019

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Bats on film

Have had a look at the trail camera we left in one of the Whipsnade hibernacula. We caught this dangerous beast as we collected the camera spypointWe have a few seconds of view of a bat exploring one of the … Continue reading

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Radiotracking

Last night we met with a friend who wanted some advice on radiotracking. Inevitably the evening descended into reminiscences, like how we parked up in a lay-by to wait for a bat that visited a certain wood at a set … Continue reading

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Back to Whipsnade

Tomorrow we will be collecting the trail camera to download data and charge the ready for our final hibernation surveys .Wondering what if anything we will find

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Another successful church visit

Several people involved in the Bats and Churches project had a very successful meeting at one church today with the long suffering churchwardens who have worked hard to get the church reopened. They understand that bats are protected and exclusion … Continue reading

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