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

What has the project been up to?

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

We have been spending the winter analysing this 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. The transect survey data has been analysed and the data from the static detectors was processed using an auto bat call ID software called SonoChiro. Some of the calls still need to 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 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 we are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to learn more about our volunteering opportunities please email the Volunteer Co-ordinator Sonia Reveley at

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 at the bottom of the page. 


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 


1,2,3 Snap your Woodland Photography Competition winners

Thank you for choosing your favourite photographs on Facebook from the 1, 2, 3 Snap your Woodland Photography Competition. We were looking for a winning photograph from each category - woodland plants and fungi, woodland wildlife and woodland scenes.  Based on your votes we have one winner, Danny King, whose photograph for each category had the most votes; with his woodland scene photograph getting the highest number of votes - 39 votes. So congratulations Danny, you have won a Bat Conservation Trust membership for one year. 

Woodland Scene

Woodland Wildlife


Woodland plants and fungi

Runners up

As we only had one winner for all three categories, prizes were given to the photographers whose photographs had the next highest number of votes in the plants and fungi and  wildlife categories.

For the woodland wildlife category, Jeanette Fenwick’s common blue damselfly photograph had 25 votes. She wins a one year membership to the Bat Conservation Trust.

Woodland Wildlife

For the woodland plants and fungi category, Molly Whymark’s fly agaric photograph had 21 votes. She wins a one year membership to the Young Batworkers' Club.

Woodland plants and fungi

                                                    Congratulations to everyone. 



August was a busy month with plenty to fit in before the Volunteer Coordinator took her annual leave mid-way through the month. On Saturday, 19th of August we ran a call analysis training workshop at the Swanton Novers Village Hall and signed up another volunteer to help with the call analysis. Later that evening we ran an off-site bat walk at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Thursford Wood. With plenty of old veteran oak trees, with features that would provide the perfect roost habitat for some of our bat species, it was a great site to go on a bat walk. We heard the usual suspects (common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle). We also heard a Daubenton's bat and a distant barbastelle bat call.

In the second half of August, as usual, our team of volunteers continued with the necessary surveys but this time on their own.  Two of our volunteers, Jez and Keith bravely deployed the static detectors on their own on the 21st of August and that evening Keith successfully coordinated the transect surveys. Many thanks to their hard work and effort. 

At the end of August, we took part in a bat walk at Holkham Estate. Being a well-established walk, there was a great turn out, and the majority of the participants were new to the bat world. On entering the woodland just outside the lake, we heard and saw our first bat - a soprano pipistrelle. This was swiftly followed by a common pipistrelle and before long we were enjoying the spectacular sight of pipistrelles erratically flying above our heads. We were also very fortunate to hear another bat - the barbastelle bat - and managed to get everyone to tune in to 32kHz. The distinctive knocking sound, like pebbles being knocked together, was clear for everyone to hear. On reaching the lake, we were greeted with the sight of soprano pipistrelles swooping over the bank vegetation, with the detectors bubbling away in the background. Over the din, we heard the chip chop sound of the noctule bat. However, though we tried our hardest to spot the noctule, we were not successful. A good night all in all.


 We have had a pretty wet July so far, and sadly this has meant that we have had to cancel some of our transect surveys and reschedule them for later in the month. In addition, some bats, particularly barbastelle bats are still nursing their young pups, so trapping surveys have had to be rescheduled as well. We are therefore hoping that the weather will improve for August when we have an exciting new site for a bat walk. The site is a Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve called Thursford Wood. Home to some of the oldest oak trees in Norfolk, it will be a great place to go on a bat walk, as many of the trees in the woodland have suitable tree roost features for bats to use. So please join us if you can. The walk is on the 19th of August and will be starting at 8 pm.

Don't forget to take part in our 1,2,3 Snap your Woodland Photography Competition. The PDF document can be downloaded from here.

  • June

Swanton Novers Wood is now looking very green and is full of wildlife. We recently saw a couple of Ash- black slugs. Ash-black slugs can only be found in ancient woodlands and they can grow up to 25cm long. More information can be found on the Buglife website:

We also saw Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moths, feeding on the Rhododendron bushes scattered in the northern part of Great Wood. A day flying moth, these little insects look like tiny humming birds hovering over the flowers. More information can be found on Norfolk Moths:

The static detectors were deployed and collected on the 19th and 21st of June. Volunteers carried out transect surveys in Great Wood on the 19th of June and all four transect routes were surveyed.

Bat Walk at Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve

Bat WalkOn the 3rd of June, we ran our first bat walk of the year at Swanton Novers woods. 9 people came on the walk. The evening started with an introduction about bats, then we walked down the road from the village hall to the edge of the woodland. We then waited for dusk to settle and heard our first pipistrelle call. Not long afterwards we saw our first noctule bat flying high in the sky, which was shortly joined by another noctule bat. We then headed into the woodland and heard a couple of soprano pipistrelles, a myotis bat and a barbastelle bat. 

Woodland and Wildlife Champions

We are pleased to announce that we have selected 4 Woodland and Wildlife Champions. A Woodland and Wildlife Champion is someone who is trained to carry out bat surveys and other wildlife surveys, someone who will spread the message about Swanton Novers NNR and safeguard it for future generations. Through their enthusiasm and hard work, these new champions will continue with important elements of the project after its completion, by assisting with future surveys or supporting new volunteers.


Chris is a local man, who lives near Swanton Novers

Chriswoods. He came to the project with no previous experience in bat survey. Since joining the project Chris has taken part in transect surveys and trapping surveys. He has also assisted the team with public engagement events like the Wild about Swanton Community Day on the 6th of May.


Jamie became interested in bats back in 2015. Before he joined the project, Jamie had already gained some bat surveying experience, having volunteered for another Norfolk bat project. Since joining the project, Jamie has taken part in transect surveys and trapping surveys. He has learnt how to radio track and can confidently use the equipment provided. In addition, Jamie has provided help with bat walks, conservation fairs and the community day on May 6th. Jamie also plans to get his rabies vaccinations so he can be trained to extract bats and process them during future trapping surveys.


 Keith came to the project with a fair amount of experience having  already volunteered for the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group. Since joining the project, Keith has learnt how to use new bat survey equipment. He is paired up with new volunteers, during transect surveys so he can share his knowledge and skills. He has also analysed data using BatSound, delivered bat walks and training workshops for the project, written blogs and has taken part in trapping surveys and radio tracking.


Jim has been involved with the project right from the beginning. In the early days before the project got the green light to proceed, Jim was the person who deployed the detectors to determine if the methodology was suitable. Since the project started Jim has continued to  give his time to the project and has taken part in transect and trapping surveys and some call analysis training. Since  moving to a new job, Jim continues to be involved, recently helping with some trapping in May. Jim said “I am delighted to accept this award, it is a great project to be involved with and it is a privilege to work with some delightful people in a very inspiring place”.

The Spring 2017 Newsletter is now ready. To download click here.  

 Swanton Novers Great Wood in June -

Swanton Nover Woods in June



Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project Community Day

On the 6th of May, we ran a community event, called Wild about Swanton CoCommunity Daymmunity and Wildlife Day. The event was an opportunity for the project to raise awareness about Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve, its long history of management, the work we have been doing on the bat side of things and give wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to showcase their work and hobbies to the local community. On the day we were lucky to have the Bat Conservation Trust, Tony Leech (Norfolk’s Fungi County Recorder), Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group, Dersingham Bog Hoppers, Natural England, Norfolk Moths, North East Norfolk Bird Club (NENBC), Welbeck Trust and the Swanton Novers History Group.

Approximately 40 people came to the event and were able to take part in the various activities on offer. Throughout the day we sold tea, coffee and cakes to raise some money for the Swanton Novers Village Hall and we ran a raffle to raise money for the Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project. In total, we raised £81.85 for the Swanton Novers Woodland Bat Project and £90.29 for the Swanton Novers Village Hall.A volunteer running a training session

Thank you to everyone who came on the day and supported the event. Thank you to the exhibitors for their time.  And finally thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the event, who all did a wonderful job. The event would not have been possible without their time and enthusiasm.

Some feedback from members of the community about the Community Day event:

“I had the most fascinating day on the 6th May at Swanton Novers Wildlife Seeing a bat close upday. To see fungi, moths, bats and harvest mice, one of which I had run up my arm with the knowledge of the participants was incredible. I found out all about these tiny mice and them to be up close to a bat and see the delicate, almost flimsy wings. I had no idea they had tails.

I came away with a sense of wonder and was so incensed with the enthusiasm of these people.”

                                                                                 Gillian Harman

“The day itself was dull and drizzly, and how cold!  I had put my name down for the Woodland Walk in an attempt to see the bluebells at the height of their flowering.  I was delighted to discover that the event – timed to last two hours – included talks about the many bat species to be found in the Great Wood. 

 Bats, to me, are one of the few remaining links with prehistoric creatures.  A flying mammal – what can be more fascinating?

The walk was led by Ash Murray together with an expert on bats ( I apologise for not remembering her name, and hereafter will call her the Bat Lady) so we were treated to a very informative couple of hours.

 We were informed as to the ecology of the area why The Great Wood is so unique with such a diversity of trees and flora.  And something I didn’t know was, that there may be a pingo in the wood.  Something I have seen further south of the county.  Pingos are perfectly round ponds and are relics of the ice age.  Not commonly seen. Amazing.Woodland walk

The Bat Lady talked of the different species inhabiting the woods and their various habitats, with their different feeding habits and behaviours.  We looked at a tree with peeling bark, a perfect roost for bats to use as a nursery whilst having their young.  We were treated to a demonstration of endoscopy which is used to look very carefully under the bark without disturbing the bats.  (Yes, I know that an endoscope has sinister medical connotations...)

The youngest member of the group – a boy of about 10 – was fascinated by this piece of equipment and was shown how to use it. Eventually, having to be peeled away from it.Using an endoscope

Of course, the two hours shot by even though the weather was a bit grim.

 What a fascinating couple of hours.  I could have stayed much longer. 

And I saw bluebells thickly carpeting the banks of the pingo pond.

Wonderful.  And all this for free!!”

                                                                          Val Hart


Photography Competition—1,2,3 Snap your Woodland

The project is currently running a photography competition called 1, 2, 3 Snap your Woodland. If you like the great outdoors and enjoy taking photographs of your surroundings, then this photography competition might tickle your fancy. 1, 2, 3 Snap your Woodland is a great way to share your love for our amazing woodlands and raise awareness about a special and unique habitat. The prize is a year’s membership to Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) or the Young Bat workers’ Club and the winning photographs will be uploaded onto the BCT website. The competition will close on Friday 28th of July and the winners will be announced on BCT’s social media in September.

So if you live in Norfolk or are visiting the area for a holiday, why not take a stroll into a woodland nearby and see what you can capture with your camera. We look forward to seeing your photographs. 

The Photography Competition PDF document can be downloaded from here.

Photography CompetitionApril

The woodland throughout April continued to buzz with life, from a greater spotted woodpecker tapping away in the distance, to bird cherry blossom scenting the air with their floral fragrance Cherry blossomOak leavesand young oak leaves breaking through each tree bud. Gradually throughout the month, a light green layer of green leaves have appeared, turning a once stark winter landscape of bare branches into a landscape of swaying branches full of young fresh foliage. 

Again the static detectors were deployed and collected.  Preparations for the first transect survey of the year at the beginning of May were started, with 8 volunteers signing up to help. In addition, preparations for the Community Day at Swanton Novers are underway. We just hope the weather will be nice on the day. 

We also welcomed two more volunteers to the team, Jez and Chris. Both volunteers are new to the world of bats, so they will learn new bat survey skills and techniques throughout the project and in return will help the project with transect surveys, trapping surveys, call analysis and any other surveys such as mass emergence counts and radio tracking.

 Swanton Novers Great Wood in April -

Swanton Novers in April

 Photographs from the camera traps:

Muntjac deer

 Red deer

 Tawny owl


As we come to the end of March, spring here at Swanton Novers NNR is definitely on the way. Over the last week, the wood anemones have started to flower, the bluebell leaves are emerging from the woodland ground and sections of the rides are carpeted with primroses. In addtion, the Frog Spawnbirds are singing  merrily away, flitting from branch to branch and puddles and ponds have also been put to good use by frogs and can be found supporting clusters of gelatinous frog spawn - a sure sign that spring is on its way.  

The static detectors were deployed twice this month and with the weather warming up we are starting to pick up some bat activity. 

We have also been busy preparing for our Wild about Swanton Community and Wildlife Day which will be taking place at the Swanton Novers Village Hall on Saturday 6th of May 2017 from 10.30 am to 3 pm. More information about the event and the guided walks that we are running on the day can be found here

 Swanton Novers Great Wood in March -

 Swanton Nover Woods in March


This month, Norfolk has experienced the usual cold dull days but we have alsoVolunteers Ben and Steve hoisting a microphone into the canopy been lucky enough to experience some lovely weather with blue skies, plenty of sunshine and birds singing merrily away in the background. The advantage of working on a site like Swanton Novers NNR at this time of the year is that we get to hear and see the woodland wake up, from the birds singing and chasing each other, to the buzzard circling above the canopy and the great spotted woodpecker drumming away in the distance. A quick glance at the data from February's deployment tells us that some bats are moving within the woodland interior, with barbastelle, myotis and soprano pipistrelle activity recorded. 

 Photographs from the camera traps:

Grey Squirrel

Muntjac deer

Red deer

Swanton Novers Great Wood in February -

Swanton Novers in February


On the 11th of January, we gave our third bat talk to 27 Year 4 pupils from the Bat class at Gayton Primary School.  The talk went down well and was followed by many questions. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and thank you to Gayton Primary School for inviting us. 

Static detectors were successfully deployed in Great Wood and collected a couple of days later. At one of the points, within a compartment of mature oak trees, the detectors picked up some bat activity around 17.36, a soprano pipistrelle. Quite a surprising find. The soprano pipistrelle probably needed to move to another roost as the evenings here in Norfolk have been very cold, so not a lot of food around. 

The camera traps continue to capture some excellent photographs of the reserve's wildlife. The trap left at a known badger sett recorded a lot of activity, not just from badgers, but also argumentative foxes, jays, inquisitive blackbirds, deer and grey squirrels. Here are some we have picked out:


Fox in daylight

Foxes fighting


Swanton Novers Great Wood in January -

Swanton Novers NNR -  January 2017


Our second bat talk took place at All Saints Primary School in Stibbard, a school close to Swanton Novers Woods. 27 Year 1 pupils learnt about bats, the project and had a go at making some bat hats. We finished with a reading session and the book of choice was Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat. 

The camera traps took a wonderful selection of photographs, from badgers, foxes, to jays and an inquisitive pheasant. Here are a few photographs:







Swanton Novers Great Wood in December -

Swanton Novers in December


We gave our first school bat talk to a group of Year 5 pupils from Fakenham Junior School. As they are only eight miles away from Swanton Novers NNR, the school were keen to learn about bats and about the project. The session was enjoyable and the interest it generated was noticeable.  It was a great opportunity to introduce the project and talk about bats in detail. And the show of hands at the end of the talk was a sight to behold.

Bat talk at Fakenham JuniorSchool

The second blog for the Bat Conservation Trust Blogspot has been uploaded. To read it click here.  

Working in a woodland like Swanton Novers is a privilege. It is species rich and is a haven for wildlife. For those who venture into the woodland, there is every chance you might see a stripy badger or observe the silent flight of a barn owl. Therefore, though the project is focussed on bats, we thought it would be nice to capture images of some of our resident wildlife. To do this we are using camera traps which will allow us to take photographs throughout the day and night. These will be left in the woodland for a few nights and the plan will be to move these traps around the NNR regularly.

Here are some recent photographs:




Muntjac Deer

Muntjac Deer

Swanton Novers Great Wood in November -

Swanton Novers in November


In October we produced an article about the project for BCT's membership magazine Bat News and an article for the Parish Magazine covering Swanton Novers, Thornage, Brinningham, Brinton, Hunsworth and Stody.

We also attended the Wild about Norfolk Environmental and Conservation Fair at Easton College, an event which gives 

Wild about Norfolk 2016

local conservation and wildlife organisations an opportunity to showcase their work and educate interested parties about Norfolk's wonderful wildlife from bats to  dragonfly nymph, woodlice and harvest mice. 

Wild about Norfolk 2016

We shared a room with the Norwich Bat Group, the Norfolk Biodiversity Information Services (NBIS) and the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group. All had interesting and informative displays. Many including girl guides and brownies came to our stand asking questions about the project and about bats in general, while there was a mad rush by the brownies to make bat hats at the Norwich Bat Group stand.  In total 1000 people came to Wild About Norfolk and Easton College have just announced that they will be hosting the event again next year on Saturday 7th of October.

Fly agarics

We have recruited two more volunteers bringing our total number of volunteers up to twenty-one. 

End of October meant we were back in Swanton to deploy the static detectors. At this time of the year, the woodland is looking pretty magnificent. The trees are slowly changing colour, providing splashes of reds, golds, yellows and browns throughout and the ground is covered with a variety of fungi from the red and white fly agarics to the yellow domes of the sulphur tuft.

 Sulphur tuft

Swanton Novers Great Wood in October -

Swanton Woods in October


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


We ran our second bat walk at Swanton Novers NNR on the 20th of August to which eight people came to. Heavy gales the night before carried on into the next day and it was uncertain if the walk would go ahead. Luckily the winds dropped by the evening and we heard four species of bats -  Natterer's bat, barbastelle, common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle, during our walk through the Bat walk at Swantonnorthern section of Great Wood. A member of our group was enthusiastically waving her detector up in the air whilst looking out for bats flying overhead. When she saw her first bat, her awe and infectious enthusiasm was a lovely reminder of why we run these events and how an opportunity to gain access to a hidden world can heighten our curiosity and our love for our wildlife.

We also ran our third trapping survey in the southern section of Great Wood, an area with compartments of active coppice. It was quiet in the wood, with little activity heard on the detectors.  However, we caught a female barbastelle bat and a male common pipistrelle. As well as experienced bat workers assisting on the night, two more volunteers with limited experiences in catching bats were able to help out with the trapping session, and learn how to extract and process. 

Swanton Novers Great Wood in August - 

Swanton Nover Woods in August


We ran our first call analysis training workshop in July. The training was a great opportunity for our volunteers to learn how to identify British bat calls using a call analysis software called BatSound. The software provides graphical images of the calls (sonograms), allowing us to look at the pulses in detail and then identify the calls. Two volunteers who started with no bat surveying skills came along to the call analysis training. As a result of the training both have taken some of the data from the transect surveys back home with them and are in the process of analysing them. 

The summer newsletter containing updates, activities and information about the project was completed in July. Copies were sent out to schools and youth groups in Norfolk. 

We ran our second trapping survey in Swanton Novers in the middle section of Great Wood. Trapping allowed us to catch bats and identify them in Barbastelle batthe hand in parts of the woods where we have recorded activity from barbastelle bats (a rare woodland specialist and one of our key woodland species) and myotis bats (a family of bats whose calls are similar and need to be seen close up to identify to species). A licence is required to do a trapping survey and the information collected will support the data from the transect surveys and static detectors.

Nets were strung Natterer's batacross rides in appropriate locations and a harp trap was left in the interior of a compartment nearby. Activity in the wood was quiet. Two female barbastelles and one male brown long-eared bat were caught in the nets. The harp trap however was more successful catching one male Natterer's bat, one male brown long-eared bat, two female common pipistrelles and one female soprano pipistrelle. 

The trapping session was also an opportunity for two volunteers to join the team and help out. Both didn't have any trapping surveying experience. They learnt how the nets are erected and how bats are extracted and processed. 

Checking a mist netReleasing a bat


Swanton Novers Great Wood in July - 

Swanton Nover Woods in July


In June a blog introducing the project was written up for the Bat Transect surveying with volunteersConservation Trust Blogspot page. 

Transect surveys were carried out with help from our band of enthusiastic volunteers which is slowing growing. We now have fourteen volunteers helping us with the bat surveys. 

Checking the static detector


Static detectors were deployed as usual. One volunteer with no bat survey skills assisted with the deployment and collection of the detectors, learning more about the monitoring methodology and our aims. 


Swanton Novers Great Wood in June - 

Swanton Nover Woods in June


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


Project Progress - The Highlights

Month Highlights
September 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Bat walk at Swanton Novers NNR - attended by 3 people
  • Photography competition winners are announced
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
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 
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.
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
April 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Recruited two new volunteers
  • Call analysis of static detectors data (ongoing)
March 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Call analysis of transect data (ongoing)
February 2017
  • Static detectors were deployed
  • Camera traps were deployed
  • Call analysis training
  • Call analysis of data (ongoing)
  • Call analysis of transect data (ongoing)
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
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
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
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
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. 
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
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
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
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
April 2016
  • Presentation given at the East of England Regional Bat Conference
  • Static detectors deployed
  • Seven new volunteers recruited



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