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Thanks to our Bat Detectives!

- A great night bat spotting at Fyne Court

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 14 August 2012

Thanks to our Bat Detectives! At the end of last week the weather improved which provided opportunity for Katy Jeffreys, a local bat expert, and myself to lead a guided walk discovering the bats of Fyne Court.

The night was still and warm which was perfect for flying insects and moths the main food source for all of the UK bat species. Quickly we provided everyone with a bat detector so they would be able to hear the high pitched calls of the bats as they darted through the woodlands hunting for food. It was not long after dusk when we saw our first bat, a pipistrelle. These are quite widespread throughout the UK and at only 5 grams (about the same as a £1 coin) are one of the smaller species. our group was great at spotting and hearing the bats on the detectors and provided some superb recordings which has shown a total of 5 different species at Fyne Court. We are hoping to find even more at our bat walk this Thursday (16th) - as long as the weather holds! Many thanks to Kate for bring the hidden world of the bat to life. If you would like to come to Thursday’s walk, follow the link to book.  Click here

For more information on bats of the UK, try the Bat Conservation Trust website

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    Wesley Culbertson

    25 Sep 12

    Great post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

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