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September 2016

September

September was a busy month. In addition to the deployment of the static detectors and the monthly transect surveys, we also ran two offsite bat walks (one in Holkham and one in Hoveton Broad), produced a poster for the National Bat Conference in York and delivered a call analysis training workshop to four volunteers. 

The bat walk at Holkham was well attended with families joining us. The walk took us across open parkland, through a small patch of woodland and pass the lake. In total we heard five species of bats - common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Daubenton's bat, noctule and barbastelle, and saHolkham Bat Walk 2016w both common and soprano pipistrelles flying above our heads and feeding around the bank of the lake. The wonder on the children's faces when they saw their first bat was a delight to see and experience. As the evening progressed, it was satisfying to see how many participants were able to spot a pipistrelle bat and identify it using their detectors by listening to the sound, pitch and tone. 

At Hoveton Broad, ten people came to the walk, which involved a boat trip to the broad on the Salhouse Ferry, and a walk around Hoveton Great Broad Trail. Hoveton Great Broad walk 2016Activity around the trail was quiet but we did hear and see both common and soprano pipistrelles near the hides and when we arrived at the water's edge we saw a few soprano pipistrelles feeding over the water surface. 

 

Swanton Novers Great Wood in September - Woods in September

 

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