Wetlands bats 2009-2012

Our annual Big Wetlands Bat Walks take place in late summer

2012 Bat Walks

Nearly one hundred people across three counties joined together to make the Big Wetlands Bat Walks a great success. As they all stood ready on seven big wetland nature reserves, the rain stopped on cue and out came the bats.

Members of the public joined Ecology Group volunteers on European Bat Night (Sat 25 Aug.) as they demonstrated bat survey techniques and gathered important data on the value of Wildlife Trust nature reserves:

 

Click on a photograph below for an example of what we heard this year.

2011 The Year of the Bat

More than one hundred people across three counties joined together in the very first ‘Year of the Bat’ to help make our Big Wetlands Bat Weekend a great success in 2011. As the volunteers all stood ready, the rain stopped on cue and out came the bats.

Members of the public joined Trust staff and Ecology Group volunteers as they carried out the Trust’s Big Wetland Bat Survey, demonstrating some of the techniques the Trust uses to gather important data on the value of its nature reserves.

Eight species of bat were recorded across seven nature reserves that night, including special appearances by some of the rarest bats in our area, such as the Barbastelle at Flitwick Moor and the intriguing migratory bat, Nathusius’ Pipistrelle, at both Grafham Water and Pitsford Water.

Since then our additional surveys have now brought to light some exciting discoveries including Leisler's Bat, at Pitsford Water and Brown Long-eared Bat at Cambourne.

2010 Brilliant Bats

Over a hundred people across three counties joined volunteers and staff during European Bat Night to help make our Big Wetlands Bat Survey a great success. The weather was perfect for a night packed full of brilliant bats as one visitor commented.

Members of the public joined Ecology Group volunteers as they carried out the Trust’s Big Wetland Bat Survey this August, demonstrating some of the techniques the Trust uses to gather important data on the value of its nature reserves. Eight of the 12 species of bat in the area were recorded across six nature reserves that night, including some special appearances by some of the rarest bats in our area:

Barbastelle – at Woodwalton Fen, Cambridgeshire
Serotine – at Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Nathusius’ Pipistrelle – signs of this species at Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

The volunteers from the Ecology Groups were essential to providing this fascinating experience for the public, as well as gathering important data.

As a consequence of liaising with other organisers of bat events across Europe, results from similar events have shown interesting differences between our local environment, here in the UK, and the environment in other countries such as Hungary, where they have many more woodland species of bat.

Our records will be used both for our own reserve management process and for addition to local and national datasets, including the Nathusius’ Pipistrelle monitoring project.
 

2009 The Original Bat Walks

As part of the Trust’s very first Big Wetlands Bat Weekend, more than 100 people across three counties joined volunteers and staff to help make our Big Wetlands Bat Surveys a great success.


Members of the public joined Ecology Group volunteers as they carried out the Trust’s Big Wetland Bat Survey at the end of August, demonstrating some of the techniques the Trust uses to gather important data on the value of its nature reserves. Five of the 12 species of bat in the area were recorded across seven nature reserves during the weekend, including some special appearances by some of the rarer bats in our area, such as the declining Noctule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our records will be used both for our own reserve management process and for addition to national datasets, including the Nathusius’ Pipistrelle monitoring project.