Bat Handling and Identification with Gail Armstrong.
The popular one-day Bat Handling and Identification course will run on 20th February 2015 at Forrest Hills in Lancaster. We have kept the price at £125 which includes lunch and other refreshments. Please get in touch for booking information, if you are interested in a place.
Last night saw our annual bat talk and walk at Ten Acre Pits with the Friends of Ten Acre Pits and organised by Karen (Knowsley Ranger). As usual the walk was very popular with around 39 people showing up including a fantastic show of nearby families.
The walk started with our usual True or False and some insight into the life and ecology of bat species in the UK and around the world. I had some great questions from the kids and the interest in the vampires had it’s usual impact!
The walk itself was good, unfortunately the clear skies meant temperatures dropped and with good feeding recently the bats seem to have decided to stay in! However, we did get a really good early contact of Soprano Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus). A couple more circuits of the park brought a few brief contacts but was also some great discussion and questions on the lives of bats which i think showed some real interest and enthusiasm from kids and adults alike!
Towards the end of the night we finally got a Bandit (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) contact some some after school tuition on the workings of echolocation and hetrodyne detectors!
Thanks as always to everyone for your interest and attention. I look forward to seeing you next year!
A big thank you to everyone who attended the Stadt Moers Park bat talk and walk last week! (Thursday 28th August). Organised by the Friends of Stadt Moers park we had what i think is probably my best Noctule display to date, three bats circling and feeding in clear light skies for around 20 mins! An excellent chance to both listen and watch these fantastic bats in great detail.
As the light went down we were further treated to a cacophony of Soprano Pipistrelles around Tushinghams, with a few Bandits thrown in to the mix as the light fell further.
Unusually for Tushinghams we didn’t get any obvious Daubs. But there was something a bit odd going on… We hope to get a recorder on site in the near future!