Tag Archives: hibernation

Visit to Whipsnade

As well as hibernation surveys, we used to do other detector surveys at Whipsnade when Kevin Frediani worked there. When he left they fizzled out. When we did the original surveys we had to record onto an mp3 player, which … Continue reading

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Final hibernation survey of 2017

As the snow fell albeit gently, the brave souls of the bat group headed out into dark and dank spaces to look for bats., fortified by flapjacks and cake. Once again we had a bumper haul. The total for the … Continue reading

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January Hibernation Survey

We were saved the snow and were able to do the hibernation survey safely. Despite the weather we got more bats than the record breaker last January when we cound 207 bats. This time we managed 208. The species distribution … Continue reading

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There’s nowt as perverse as a bat

Jo Peddar has just sent me some photos of the January hibernation check. These are bat bricks, the idea is the bat snuggles into the gaps within the bricks., only this bat had other ideas

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February Hibernation Survey

After the appalling weather, we did wonder what effect this might have had on bat numbers. we did not find barbastelles (they tend to turn up in hibernation surveys only when the weather is cold) but found 167 bats. One … Continue reading

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January Hibernation Survey

This weekend’s hibernation survey has again broken records, with a total of 172 bats (previous highest 168 in Dec 2012). The December 2013 was 106, possibly because the mild weather had not driven bats underground as early as the last … Continue reading

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Valentine massacre averted

Now we know one place that pipistrelles hibernate in winter. We have just had two pips  a male and a female) brought into care, who had made the mistake of hibernating in a stack of scaffolding boards. These boards were … Continue reading

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Hibernating Bat at Dell Farm Outdoor education centre.

We had a fascinating record of a hibernating bat in an artificial cave at Dell Farm Outdoor  Centre.  We’ve been sent a good photograph which has allowed us to identify the bat. We would very much like to go and … Continue reading

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Hibernating Bats Photogallery

I’ve been looking through the bat group archive of photos of hibernating bats which we have collected over the years. Hibernating bats are very difficult to photograph as bats must not be disturbed and of course they do tend to … Continue reading

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February 2012 Record breaking Hibernation Survey

After the cold snap just before the weekend we wondered what numbers would be like, Temperatures had plummeted outside, but several of our hibernation sites had also fallen below zero ( though we take temperatures at ground level, and it … Continue reading

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