What could be even more exciting than 2 Nathusius pipistrelles?

Last night we caught our first bat in our new trap trap.

We set up four harp traps and acoustic lures Thanks Daniel and AIdan) as part of the Nathusius Pipistrelle Project. There was an ecstatic reaction  when this beast fell into A harp trapLeisler wriggling.



She was not best pleased to be caught and wriggled a ot – as this photo shows.



But we forgave her everything but she was a Leisler’s bat. This is the first time we have ever caught a Leisler’s in the county. We have thought that we have heard Leisler’s in the past, but they are very difficult to distinguish them from Noctule if you listen to the sonograms

Once she had settled down, Bob managed to get some better photos of herLeisler side view crop1


















Leisler's bat. Photo Bob Cornes

Leisler’s bat. Photo Bob Cornes

We are over the moon – even if I have to write a new page for the bats in Bedfordshire Section of the website. ( Actually I don’t but it does need updating)

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Leisler’s Bat. Photo Bob Cornes

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3 Responses to What could be even more exciting than 2 Nathusius pipistrelles?

  1. mourad AHMIM says:

    it is a very good new
    I know if we do some work , we can found a lot , here in algeria , we have 25 species but i am sure that we have really more
    It will be the same in your country
    Good luck

  2. Neal says:

    Great photos. Thanks for posting your experiences.

    What acoustic lure did you use, and would I need a licence to use one myself in the UK?

    I would have no intention of handling the bats or interfering with them in any way but would like to find out if any brown long eared exist in my woodland just to record their presence and a lure would probably help to get them to somewhere I can see them.

    My guess is I’d still need a licence but you never know until you ask.


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