The Kings Wood Bat Project


Updated  9thApril 2018

Members only.   (Members of other BCT Partner Groups are welcome to attend, space permitting)

Kings Wood Box check. Photo Jennie Atwell

Kings Wood Box check. Photo Jennie Atwell

We began this project in 2011, using boxes which were ought for us as habitat improvement paid for by the firm expanding the M1

We have 60 boxes to check so this is a long day. It involves walking miles, some of which is over rough terrain. Not suitable for people with limited mobility

We started ringing brown long eared bats  and Natterer’s and check the boxes monthly between April and November.

Checking boxes. Photo (c) Hedj Dollman

This is an ideal chance to see bats  close up and  for trainees to get some handling experience, (as long as you have up to date rabies vaccinations).

You can see more detail of what we have found by typing ” Kings wood. ” in the search box at the  top right of this page.

We are working out the social relationships between these bats, following  research done by North Bucks Bat Group in Finemere Wood and have identified three distict colonies of brown long eared bat in the Kings Wood


Photo Bob Cones

In  2017 Nicky carried out a pilot project to see whether individual bats which have ringed for the project can be distinguished by wing venation.

She is continuing this research this year

All work is done under licence by Natural England .Contact Bob.

Dates for 2018

All surveys start at 9 am.

The date for July has t be confirmed, it will depend o the bressing sats of the bats

The October date is to be confirmed as Bob and Juda are hoping to go o aTrinibats expediation is October.