Created March 2014
Updated January 2017
NB.Surveys are for people with some bat experience and for insurance reasons are for members of Bedfordshire Bat Group only.
Daubenton distribution map 1988
When the Bat Group first began back in 1988, two founder members of the group did a survey of bat activity at various points along the Ouse. They did this by walking along the river banks. They lugged a huge battery along the towpaths to produce a beam of light to shine across the river so they could count bat passes.
In 2011 we started a rather more high tech approach. Priory Ranger Danny Fellman got to know Bedford’s Viking Kayak Club when he was organising the Bats in Boats events in 201o. They very kindly offered to paddle bat group members down the Ouse so we could survey bats on water. With modern detectors and GPS we are able to build a more detailed picture of bat distribution
Danny wrote an article for the Viking kayak club’s newsletter . You can read it here 2011-4- viking canoe
There will be room for three members on each of the following dates. Contact Danny to book a place, Priority to those with bat detector experience