Brilliant Bats

Little Stint, © Scottish Wildlife Trust
© Scottish Wildlife Trust

Not only has it been a great time for views of the Kingfisher, with visitors getting sightings of it throughout the week, but we’ve also had a few more unusual sightings on the reserve walks, including Little Stint, Ruff, and even a juvenile Marsh Harrier!

However, our main focus this week is on bats, ahead of our event on Friday the 28th. We’ll be giving a talk providing a great introduction to the bats present in the UK, and hopefully dispelling a few myths that you might have heard, before heading out on a guided walk with some bat detectors!

Bats are a unique and fascinating species, as the world’s only truly flying mammals. The tropical species of bats also play a large role in worldwide pollination, with over 500 species of flora, including bananas, cocoa plants and peaches, relying on them.

Daubenton's Bat, © Giles San Martin
© Giles San Martin
Soprano Pipistrelle, © Evegeniy Yakhontov
© Evegeniy Yakhontov

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahead of the event we’ve been identifying what species of bats are near the basin – we followed the same route as the guided walk, and so far we’ve detected Soprano Pipistrelles and a lot of activity from Daubenton’s bats, so we’re hopeful there’ll be plenty around to hear on Friday! Both of these are pictured above.

Brilliant Bats

To book a place call us on 01674 676 336, and remember to bring sturdy footwear and a torch if possible.

Ben Newcombe – Visitor Centre Volunteer

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Not only has it been a great time for views of the Kingfisher, with visitors getting sightings of it throughout the week, but we’ve also had a few more unusual sightings on …

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