“Even a downpour before and after the survey did not deter the 1340 soprano pipistrelles emerging ^8^ even more to follow if the sounds still within the roost is anything to go by”
Counting them was a challenge as small bitey insects hung around in huge clouds A bumper night for the bats, a bumpy time for bat watchers, as the photo below shows
The bats were coming out for an hour and a half before bad light meant we had no hope of seeing any more. Counting was made difficult as often several emerge at almost the same instant . It’s hard to keep an accurate count when you are fending off blood thirsty midges, but at least there was no shortage of bat food.
The noise was very loud tonight- presumably the young are getting more vocal., or maybe they were all laughing at the humans being bitten to ribbons
We now wait to see if the next survey in a fortnight’s time will have even more emerging bats. (Sogs is convinced numbers will peak then as she is away on holiday)
We are obviously not alone in failing to love small bitey creatures. This just came onto Jude’s Facebook page, originally posted by the Glossop bat group