Category Archives for Bats

LBG Highgate roost survey

A final winter roost survey at the Highgate tunnels identified 17 roosting bats, as usual a mixture of natterers and daubentons. This winter has had the highest  bat count since 2008.

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LBG Roost Survey: Highgate Tunnels

I completed my first bat survey with the London Bat Group over the weekend in what was also my first experience of a roosting survey. The site in question, Highgate Tunnels, has been surveyed 3 times a year since 2002 in order to monitor bat roosting activity. Consisting of two, 300m disused railway tunnels, the area is now specially [...]

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Consultancy: Bat Re-entry Survey

I helped out in another dawn bat survey this morning. Very little activity to report and I personally recorded just one bat (Daubentons) completing 3 passes along a river.

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SLBG: Swarming Survey

Last night I and around 10 other members of SLBG took part in a swarming survey at an abandoned mine in Blackburn. It was undoubtedly my best conservation experience to date! The survey required bats to be caught and handled, nets to be checked and measurements to be completed on the specimens, offering a great range of [...]

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Consultancy: Bat emergence and re-entrance survey.

I completed my first overnight bat survey last night, conducting a dawn and dusk survey at a warehouse site in the North-West. Within a team of 4, each of us were designated our own section of the building to survey over both dusk and dawn periods. Equipped with the standard equipment, (detector and recording device, [...]

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Southern Cemetery Update

I heard some great news today regarding the bat survey we completed at the Southern Cemetery a few weeks ago. It seems that the survey provided critical evidence to support the sites nature reserve bid, which is now set to be awarded the desirable status by the governing body, Natural England. This is great news as it [...]

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Consultancy Reptiles and Bats Surveys

I spent Thursday afternoon checking the 200 or so reptile mats laid last week. Unfortunately no target species were found on this visit although we did find a few common toads and also a baby vole. I would say that the lack of findings shouldn’t be considered representative at this stage as conditions for the check were [...]

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Bat Survey: Millponds

Last week I completed a couple of days surveying with SLBG , aiding out in there flagship annual survey conducted in the Kirklees Valley. The Millpond survey has been running at the same site since 1994 and has amassed a considerable amount of data applicable to bat conservation within the region. The structure of this ongoing [...]

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SLBG Survey: Blackely Cemetery

Five of us from  SLBG conducted a preliminary survey of Blackely Cemetery (Greater Manchester) to produce the first set of data for this site. This is the second survey I have completed at a cemetery, habitats that have, until recently, been largely ignored by the group. Starting off at 9pm on a warm, clear evening [...]

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Bat Survey: Southern Cemetry

I completed my second bat survey this Thursday, during a fortunately warm and dry evening at the Southern Cemetery, Manchester. The survey was organised in order to collect evidence that could support a bid by local authorities to award the site nature reserve status, something that site managers have been working towards for some time. We were briefed to split up into [...]

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