Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Opportunity for training with bat detectors, not to be missed!

Hi All,

Just wanted to make sure you saw this opportunity for some training.   For anyone new  to the group who hasn't used a bat detector before this will be invaluable and I think for us old hands it will be a chance to get our ears in for the rest of the season.  I know we've done it before but nevertheless I think we should support this.  It's run by BCT and is set for May 1st, which is a day before we run our Walk and Talk at the reserve.

For information on the training you'll need to contact BCT  by clicking  here

As ever, if anyone needs financial support contact me directly.

I'll also be needing some little helpers on the 2nd May please - can't do it all on my own - and it will give you a chance to practice you new found skills so you can go out there on our own.

Don't forget either that I'm collecting names for the Rare Woodland Bat Survey Training on the 10th May.   I'll need to know if you're prepared to take part by 17th April.   I have to say here that if you do come to the training there will be an expectation that you help with the survey work set for later in the summer.

See you all soon

Monday, 27 January 2014

Breaking News! Draft Programme Up.

Hi All,

I'm trying to be a bit more organised this year (LOL) so I've doctored the programme for this year's activities already.   There is a lot yet to be finalised but it's a rough guide for you all to get some dates into your diaries. The old hands will notice that I've cut the static roost count for the Natterer's because something had to go to make way for this year's new undertaking!  We hope to be taking part in the new joint BCT and NRW Rare Woodland Bats Survey, which I think is going to be in June/July. Phase one of the project being detector surveys for Barbastelle Bats.  Later there will be opportunities for more advance survey work such as trapping depending on how phase one progresses.  If you want to take part please add to your diary the training day for this on May 10th, given by Henry Schofield from VWT.

You note too that I've already set a date to do a Walk and Talk for RSPB Ynys Hir which is May 2nd. There will be two other opportunities to help out or even lead a walk in Aug. These will be for Denmark Farm Conservation Centre and Bont Community Woodland.  We're in demand this year it seems so if you want to help or lead let me know, I'll be only too glad to step aside!

Don't forget either, keep your eyes peeled for the booking to open for the Wales Bat Worker's Day, May 24th. That's always a great day - loads of training and networking opportunities.

I've also got a little 'foundling' at the moment so if anyone wants to come and have a close encounter with a cute female pip now's the time.

Think about it, I had to! 

See you all out there hopefully, torches on heads and bat detectors in hand.

Monday, 20 January 2014

British bat makes incredible journey and dates for your diaries!

Hi all,

Esther would like to share this link with you.   Its amazing what bats get up to! Shame he got squashed. Could be others are doing it all the time and is't only the dead ones that get found...discuss.

BBC Nature - British Bats...

I'm already working on this year's programme.  I hope to be adding some more interesting things this year to our regular stake outs at roost sites.  I'm hoping I can encourage some of you to get involved with the Rare Woodland Bats Survey which will entail running around it woods somewhere! Can't promise that will be with nice young men but can promise it will be after dark! There will be training given by Henry Schofield from Vincent Wildlife Trust on Saturday 10th May so keep  that date free if you want to join in on this.

Another date to pencil in is 24th May for Wales Bat Workers Day.  This is always a good day for learning more about bats and also for networking with other Bat Groups and other interesting people.  Be there or be square - don't say there's no opportunities to learn things.

Hope to see you all out and about this spring and summer


Monday, 4 November 2013

Something to read and keep you interested in Bats over the winter!

Hi All,  don't blame me for this, Chris and Richard found this and shared it on FB so I'd thought I do the same here for you all!

It was a great evening on Thursday, I really enjoyed myself, I hope you all did too!

Check out this link for a story on bizarre bat behaviour!


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Batty walk and talk at Long Wood Community Woodland.

Hi All,

Just to let you know that Aline and I are doing a walk and talk at Long Wood Community Woodland on Wednesday 28th August. Meet at the main car park (marked 1 on the map) for start at 7:30pm.  We'd really appreciate some help from our batty friends!

For detail of how to find LongWood and car park  click here.

Hope to see you there.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Rare bat on brink of UK extinction!

Hello all, I've just found this article on the news today which I thought I should share.   Hope you find it of interest. We do tend to assume long eared bats are always 'brown' rather than 'grey' but the difference can now be ascertained by DNA sampling of the poo.  Considering the habitat brown long ears prefer, according to  Dr Razgour, is lowland meadow and marshlands which there seems to be plenty of in Ceredigion, maybe we should be thinking about sending samples away for analysis? This is how the roost in South Wales, mentioned in the article was discovered. I'll investigate....

BBC  News Science article.....Bats on the brink..

I hope to get a social evening organised this month or next too so keep an eye on the blog.

Talking of this blog, Esther and I have been trying to change the reply address from the 'Feedburn' thingy. We think the only way forward, after several abortive attempts to transfer, is to delete the current one and set up a new one with my details.   If we do this we'll unfortunately delete all your addresses and you'll have to re-sign up to receive the posts to your own email address. I'll give you warning!

Hope to see you soon

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Scores on the doors!

Hi Everyone,

We've finally finished this year's BCT survey work and a big thank you to everyone who took part.  I hope you've all had some fun and are not still reeling from the late nights and midge bites!

So here are the total counts for this year.  If you want more detail about weather conditions and stuff like that or want to compare with previous years, email separately and I'll give you access to the on-line data.

Cwm Rheidol Soparno Pipistrelle Roost.
11/06/2013 - 746
19/06/2013 - 799!!!!!
03/07/2013 - 28
18/07/2013 - 27

So where did they all go then?  Answers on a postcard please.

Comin Coch Brown Long Eared Roost.
05/06/2013 - 32
17/06/2013 - 34
08/07/2013 - 31
23/07/2013 - 36!

I had great fun last night with them.  I was on my own in the garden and seemed to work as some kind of beacon for them to come a fly around!  At one point I had two BLE and two Pips dive bombing me.  I did have a rather large swarm of flying insects above me at that point so it wasn't me they want at all really!

Llanrhystud Natterer's

You've guessed it,  a nil score here.   It's time now to let this one go I think.  It's such a pity since there were over 98 bats there in 2006!  There was a distinct crash from 64 bats in 2010 to only 4 bats in 2011.  So what's changed there then we must ask?

I hope to try to get a social event together in the not too distant future so keep you eyes on the blog.

Thanks again for all you hard work.