TR’s son Fred has become a Bat enthusiast and has bought an Echo Meter Pro Bat detector.
Switching it on overnight and leaving it the results are then analysed the following morning. It identifies the species for you and the number of passes made.
It was recorded during the time when East End farm was being demolished and more Bats were seen during this period with most coming from the direction of the farm area.
The results are as follows:
18th June 2018:
Common Pipistrelle: 13 passes
Soprano Pipistrelle: 2 passes
Noctule: 7 passes
Leisler’s Bat: 1 pass
21st June 2018:
Common Pipistrelle: 4 passes
Soprano Pipistrelle: 16 passes
7th August 2018:
Common Pipistrelle: 20 passes
Soprano Pipistrelle: 11 passes
Noctule: 17 passes
Natterer’s Bat: 1 pass
Until we had these results we were unaware that we had Natterer’s and Leisler’s in the area. The latter being a rare species in England.
Butterflies: still finding Small Copper in the garden.
And a Kestrel roosting on the cottage.
It is quite possible that East End farm was a roost site for several species of bat and has now been destroyed. I hope that the bats can find new roost sites (especially for winter hibernation) in the local area.
Our resident breeding species in the UK are: Alcathoe Bat, Barbastelle, Bechstein's Bat, Brandt's Bat, Brown Long-eared Bat, Common Pipistrelle, Daubenton's Bat, Greater Horseshoe Bat, Grey Long-eared Bat, Leisler's Bat, Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Nathusius' Pipistrelle, Natterer Bat, Noctule, Serotine, Soprano Pipistrelle and Whiskered Bat.
5 other Bat species that rarely turn up in the UK from continental Europe and are: Greater Mouse-eared Bat (possibly are very rare resident), Pond Bat (1 record), Kuhl’s Pipistrelle, Parti-coloured Bat and Northern Bat (1 record).
All Bats in the UK are protected species under the Wildlife & Countryside Act.
You will be committing a criminal act if you:
1. Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat
2. Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats
3. Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
4. Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat
5. Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost
For more information go to: UK Bats
Daubenton's Bat (courtesy Bat Conservation Trust)