Sponsor a bat researcher

Phil BrownEarlier this year we helped Phil Brown, an MSc student at Bristol University with his research into the distribution of Whiskered, Alcathoe and Brandt’s bats. This is a self funded MSc, In between visiting 45 sites he has also been keeping a blog http://alcathoebat.blogspot.co.uk/

 

I have collected droppings from Brandt’s, Whiskered and Alcathoe bats from up and down the country and various people have been kind enough to send me poo from bats that they have caught. I now need to get all of that poo analysed to work out exactly which species I have caught. Unfortunately I have been unable to secure funding to cover these costs which will be in the region of £2000-£2500 (I’m still waiting for some droppings to be sent to me and a couple of quotes to come back before I can work out an exact figure). Some bat groups have very kindly offered to pay for records from their counties and some individuals have agreed to pay for the analysis of droppings that they have sent to me, but this still leaves me a long way short of my total!
 
Is it a Brandt’s, Whiskered or Alcathoe?
(Photo: Andy Shurbourne)
To try and cover at least some of the remaining costs I am going to be raising money by getting sponsorship for running the Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 13th October. If you would like to sponsor me I would be really grateful. Any amount is welcome and if you want to sponsor me through a company or organisation you would be mentioned in presentations and publications where appropriate.
I have collected droppings from Brandt’s, Whiskered and Alcathoe bats from up and down the country and various people have been kind enough to send me poo from bats that they have caught. I now need to get all of that poo analysed to work out exactly which species I have caught. Unfortunately I have been unable to secure funding to cover these costs which will be in the region of £2000-£2500 (I’m still waiting for some droppings to be sent to me and a couple of quotes to come back before I can work out an exact figure). Some bat groups have very kindly offered to pay for records from their counties and some individuals have agreed to pay for the analysis of droppings that they have sent to me, but this still leaves me a long way short of my total!
 
Is it a Brandt’s, Whiskered or Alcathoe?
(Photo: Andy Shurbourne)
To try and cover at least some of the remaining costs I am going to be raising money by getting sponsorship for running the Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 13th October. If you would like to sponsor me I would be really grateful. Any amount is welcome and if you want to sponsor me through a company or organisation you would be mentioned in presentations and publications where appropriate.
In terms of where your money goes, in a “£5 will feed a family of six for a week”, or
“£15 will buy exercise books for a whole school”, kind of way, around £30 will cover the cost of analysis of one dropping.

The bat group is donating money to cover the costs of poo found in Bedfordshire.

This is a really good project and one that is well worth supporting.

Photo Phil Brown

Photo Phil Brown

You can sponsor him here http://doodle.com/3gdu7dfy3phrsrkg –  to quote a well known advert every little helps-

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