The Kings Wood Bat Project

 

Updated April 2017

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.We started ringing brown long eared bats  nd 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 hope to be able to work out the social relationships between these bats, following  research done by North Bucks Bat Group in Finemere Wood

So far we have identified three distinct  social groups of brown long eared bats.

Photo Bob Cones

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

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

Dates for 2017

9th April
7th May
4th June
16th July
13th Aug
10th Sep
8th Oct

All surveys start at 9 am.