Lakeside Survey

 Created 2009
Last Updated Jan 2017

Photo Jude Hirstwood

For insurance reasons, this survey is only open to Bat Group members.
We are only allowed to take eight members on each survey, so places must be booked with Soggy (details in newsletter). To give as many people a chance to visit this spectacular site it is not possible to make block bookings. Wrap up warm and bring a chair.

The Bedfordshire Bat Group has been monitoring this soprano pipistrelle maternity roost in Mid Beds since 1999 At the height of the season we get in the region of 1500 occupants

As well as counting out large numbers of soprano pipistrelles ( over 1500 in 2013). Record numbers at Lakeside survey from a maternity roost we also get good sightings of Daubenton, Noctules and brown long eared bats, not to mention sparrowhawks, munjac and tawny owls. 2005-11-Sparrowhawk

In 2011 we did an all night survey in the hope of finding roosts, but bat activity was so high all night we couldn’t pinpoint them.

We did, however, go back to the known roost and Angie filled them returning. Some of the film she took was used by the Bat Conservation Trust in their Count Bat videos.

You can see a 30 second clip of the video Angie took  here. http://youtu.be/xHhzD5Sw8EI

In recent years we have regular records of Serotines, Leisle’rs and Nathusius pipistrelle. The sonogram below was re4corded in April 2015 . if you look hard enough you can find seven species

How many species can you see? (c|) Bedfordshire Bat Group

How many species can you see? (c|) Bedfordshire Bat Group

Dates for 2017

13th Apr   19;30
27th Apr   19.45
11th May  20:15
25th May 20:30
8th Jun    20:45
2nd Jun   20:55
6th Jul    20:50
20th Jul 20:40
3rd Aug  20:15
17th Aug 20:40
31st Aug  19.20
14th Sep  18.45
21st Sep   18:15