Bechstein's Bat Returns!
The Collin Park Wood bat box checks are usually fairly reliable in terms of which bat species are encountered where and when.
It was therefore a very pleasant surprise, four summers ago, when a male Bechstein's bat (above left picture) was found in one of the many boxes checked monthly through the season by Gloucestershire Bat Group members. However, this bat has kept with tradition and appeared on an annual basis until this year where he's been found twice so far.
Whilst we could originally only speculate that the same bat was being found each time, last year it was ringed and we can now know for sure that the same male Bechstein's is returning to the wood. So are there any others and where are they??
Thanks to David Worley for leading another successful check, as the maternity colony of Natterer's bats (above right picture) was also refound.
David sends out regular emails to members announcing the visits so keep an eye on your inbox if you're eager to join us.
Images copyright: I. Szaboova
Gloucestershire Bat Group Make an Appearance at Highnam Woods Family Fun Day (17/7/16)
On 17 July, the RSPB held a Family Fun Day at their Highnam Woods reserve near Gloucester. With guided walks and natural history activities it was a perfect place for the Bat Group to engage with some wildlife enthusiasts. Former Chairman and stalwart 'batter' David Priddis spent a hot afternoon manning a spot at the event to chat to people about the work of the group, bat projects in the county, and bats in general. A number of families were entranced by the bat specimens on show and no doubt learnt a lot. Thanks to David for giving his time and expertise. If you or your organisation would like to learn more about bats please get in touch.
September 2015: Another Great Morning at Collin Park Wood:
On Sunday 6th September, members of the Gloucestershire Bat Group, led by David Worley, met for the monthly bat box checks of this wood near Newent. We were treated to several occupied boxes (one unfortunately by hornets) and many more containing bat droppings. The bat species found were noctule (1 male), Natterer's bat (remnant maternity colony and another small group in an adjacent box) and low and behold, a male Bechstein's bat. This is only the third record of this species at the wood so there was much excitement. Keep your eyes peeled for the next outing to book your place.
Bat Group Newsletter Published:
Follow the link to see the latest newsletter. It contains reports from the groups various activities over 2014 as well as the minutes of this years AGM. GBG News July 2015"
Norfolk Bat Project on Springwatch Extra (09:50 into recording).
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BatSound Workshop a Success!
This Saturday (23 November 2014), 21 merry bat group members met at Standish Village Hall, with laptops at the ready, to receive tuition on bat call analysis and sonogram identification using the BatSound software. Dr Kate Barlow of the Bat Conservation Trust was on hand to introduce attendees to the software and explain principles of sonogram analysis, with examples from British bat species. After a short presentation and demonstration (and a break for tea and biscuits of course!), members got stuck-in to the practical element of the day using their new skills to identify bat calls.
Overall, it was a very successful day. Keep an eye out for further opportunities in the future!
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Bat Atlas Published!
The Cotswold Water Park Bat Initiative, now in it's tenth year (!), has produced its first formal publication presenting the interim results of survey and monitoring work undertaken so far in the region. The CWP Bat Atlas is a detailed and well presented document providing information on the survey methods used, species recorded in the Water Park and interesting distribution maps for each.
Follow these links to find out more information about the Atlas and to open an online version of it.
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