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May 2016

May

The transect surveys in May coincided with the emergence of the cockchafer Transect surveyingbeetles (also known as May bugs), which provided a feast for the serotines and noctules emerging from the woods and a feeding frenzy was observed by the lucky surveyors. The survey was also an opportunity to show three new volunteers how to carry out a transect survey and how to use a detector. These three volunteers had no bat surveying experience, and were paired up with volunteers who already had some bat surveying skills. 

We also had our project launch on Saturday 28th of May at the village hall in Swanton Novers, to which sixteen people came to. The evening started at 6pm with a talk about the project by the Volunteer Co-ordinator, an introduction to bats by Project LaunchHelen Miller, Woodland Officer at Bat Conservation Trust, and an insight into Swanton Novers Woods by Ash Murray, Senior Reserve Manager at Natural England. This was followed by tea and cake and a brief training workshop giving everyone a chance to listen to different bat calls. 

To finish off the evening we went for a walk in the woods with our bat detectors to see what we would hear and see. On approaching the edge of the woods just after sunset we stopped to get our bearings and were treated to a front row view of serotines and noctules emerging out of the woods to feed on the insects flying around. 

We also ran our first trapping survey at Swanton Novers. We Brown long-eared batcaught and identified one female barbastelle bat, two female brown long—eared bats, one male common pipistrelle and one male soprano pipistrelle. Catching female bats (who have higher demands than males during the summer season) indicates that the woodland is good quality habitat.

 

Swanton Novers Great Wood in May - 

Swanton Nover Woods in May

 

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