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Swanton News

This page is regularly updated with information about the project's progress.

What has the project been up to?

We are now at the end of our second year of surveying. We will continue to deploy our SM2 bat detectors at randomly selected monitoring points every three weeks until December. With the help of volunteers, we carried out monthly transect surveys, with the first lot starting in May and last surveys in September. 

We will be spending the winter analysing all the  bat call data to help us to answer our key project questions around how bats use the woodland and what this can tell us about the impact of woodland management.

We know trees and woodland are important habitats for all UK bat species, and that they need woodland to roost, insects to eat and safe cover as they move between key sites. Some bats are woodland specialists, like the rare barbastelle, has a preference for roosting in trees and foraged in woodland and are therefore can be impacted by woodland management.

 The transect survey data has nearly been analysed and the data from the static detectors was processed using an auto bat call ID software called SonoChiro. Calls will be manually checked by the project team and its volunteers. Once checked this data will then be uploaded to an Access database. 

We have been sharing the wonderful world of bats with those local to Swanton Novers through bat walk events and community day events held at Swanton Novers woodland and the surrounding area. We've continued to recruit volunteers during this year to help us with our bat survey work and bat call analysis. The involvement and upskilling of volunteers is a key part of the project and the data collected will enable sensitive and proactive woodland management to be carried out, that will help protect bats and enhance the woodland for bats and other wildlife. If you would like to learn more about the project please email the Volunteer Co-ordinator Sonia Reveley at SReveley@bats.org.uk

Swanton News will provide monthly updates about the project giving readers an opportunity keep abreast with what is happening. There will also be plenty of photographs of the reserve, showing off its rich biodiversity in all its glory and other photographs of interest.The project progress highlights can be found below, together with the links to the newsletters and additional blogs: 

Newsletters

Additional Project Blogs

  • First blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blog
  • Second blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blog
  • Third blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blog
  • Fourth blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blog 

Project Progress - The Highlights

Month Highlights
November 2017
  • Call analysis of 2017 transect and static data (ongoing)
  • Delivered a talk about bats and the Woodland project to 3 schools during November - Gresham Village Primary School, West Lynn Primary School and Dereham Neatherd High School. 
  • Presentation about the project was given at the Scotland Bat Conference
October 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Call analysis training - one to one
  • Call analysis of 2017 transect and static data
  • Attendance at the Wild about Norfolk Environmental and Conservation Fair
  • New volunteer signed up to the project. Sven will be processing the photographs from an Understorey Vegetation Survey carried out during summer 2016. 
September 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Bat walk at Swanton Novers NNR - attended by 3 people
  • Photography competition winners are announced
  • Call analysis of transect data by volunteers

September 2017 blog

August 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out transect surveys throughout Great Wood
  • Call analysis training session at Swanton Novers Village Hall - attended by 2 volunteers 
  • Off-site bat walk at NWT Thursford Wood - attended by 6 people
  • Off-site bat walk at Holkham Estate - attended by 38 people

August 2017 blog

July 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out transect surveys throughout Great Wood
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Fourth blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blogspot 

July 2017 blog

June 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out transects surveys throughout Great Wood
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Bat walk held at Swanton Novers woodland - attended by 9 people
  • Third blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blogspot 
  • Spring Newsletter is released and sent out to schools in Norfolk.

June 2017 blog

May 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Swanton Novers Community and Wildlife Day at Swanton Novers Village Hall
  • 4 new volunteers recruited
  • Volunteers carried out transect surveys throughout Great Wood. 
  • A trapping session took place in the wood
  • Photography Competition was launched

May 2017 blog

April 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Recruited two new volunteers
  • Call analysis of static detectors data (ongoing)

April 2017 blog

March 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Call analysis of transect data (ongoing)

March 2017 blog

February 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Call analysis training
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Call analysis of transect data (ongoing)

February 2017 blog

January 2017
  • Half way through analysing the transect data from 2016. 
  • Bat talk was given to 27 Year 4 & 5 pupils at Gayton Primary School
  • Static detectors were deployed. 
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • New volunteer recruited
  • Call analysis training

January 2017 blog

December 2016
  • A bat talk was given to 27 Year 1 pupils at All Saints Primary School, Stibbard. 
  • Camera traps were deployed. 
  • Static detectors were deployed

December 2016 blog

November 2016
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Second blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blogspot is written
  • Autumn/winter newsletter is released
  • A bat talk was given to 65 Year 5 pupils at Fakenham Junior School

November 2016 blog

October 2016
  • Attendance at the Wild about Norfolk Environmental and Conservation Fair
  • An article about the project featured in Bat News the BCT member's magazine
  • An update about the project was published in the Parish magazine.
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Two new volunteers recruited

October 2016 blog

September 2016
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out monthly transect surveys throughout the wood
  • Off-site bat walk held at Holkham estate - attended by 24 people
  • Off-site bat walk held at Hoveton Broad - attended by 10 people
  • Swanton Novers poster produced for the National Bat Conference, held at the University of York on 2nd -4th September
  • A sound analysis training course was delivered for volunteers. Volunteers taught how to use BatSound and analyse data from the project. 
  • One new volunteer recruited. 

September 2016 blog

August 2016
  • An article about the project was published in the Parish magazine
  • Community day held in the woodland
  • Bat walk held at Swanton Novers woodland - attended by 8 people
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out monthly transect surveys throughout the wood
  • A trapping session took place in the wood
  • Understorey Vegetation Survey was carried with help from volunteers

August 2016 blog

July 2016
  • Summer newsletter is released
  • A sound analysis training course was delivered for volunteers
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out monthly transect surveys throughout the wood
  • A trapping session took place in the wood
  • Four new volunteers recruited

July 2016 blog

June 2016
  • First blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blogspot is written
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out monthly transect surveys throughout the wood
  • One new volunteer recruited

June 2016 blog

May 2016
  • A project launch was held at Swanton Novers Village Hall followed by a bat walk
  • A trapping session took place in the wood
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Volunteers carried out monthly transect surveys throughout the wood
  • Seven new volunteers recruited

May 2016 blog

April 2016
  • Presentation given at the East of England Regional Bat Conference
  • Static detectors deployed
  • Seven new volunteers recruited

 

    

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