Created October 2009
The original Count Bat Project in 2007 led to a number of successful spin offs in 2008.
In 2009 we tried to build on these in a way which further reduced our need to look to Count Bat for funding
In January 2009 the bat group invited the Bat Conservation Trust’s Count Bat Team to Queen’s Park to meet those involved with the project. We used this as an excuse to celebrate two years of the project
Our relationship with the Park Ranger Service evolved to cover more of Bedford.
- The Park Rangers ran a bat themed activity at the Play Cafe in Kempston
- Bat walks
We held walks at Queen’s Park, Bedford Park and Addison Howard Park Kempston, helped out at five popular bat walks organised by the Priory Rangers and held a walk for Anglian wolf Society members at Priory Park
- We were invited to the Queen’s Park Community Picnic on Sep 26th but this event had to be cancelled by the organisers
- Two National Bat Monitoring Programme roost surveys, two NBMP waterway Nathusius surveys were held at Priory Country Park
We attended the Priory Country Park event on Saturday July 25thWe sent members of the Bat Group along to two judging days for the Bedford in Bloom and Queen’s Park in Bloom events and The Priory CP Green Flag Award judging
Priory Rangers and the bat group organised two “bat and boat events Bats and Boats 2010
- Priory Rangers let us use their visitors’ centre for two meetings
- We attended a day organised by the Bedford Taste Real Food group for the Queen’s Park Lower School and gave them a talk about bats followed by a chance to meet a live one
- Following the success of surveys at Harrold Odell Country Park in 2008-9 we continued these ever since. and recorded many rare serotine bats