National Nathusius’ Project
October 2017 marked the end of the second season where we have surveyed at sites across Cambridgeshire on the hunt for Nathusius Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii, as part of a national project with BCT. We have recorded this species at around half of our sites during this time, and with exciting discoveries like the first female Nathusius recorded in 2016 and the capture of juveniles in 2017, we are keen to carry on during 2018 and see what new discoveries come our way. We are very keen to radio track females and see if they lead us back to any maternity roosts…
Also over the last two seasons, a range of surveys have been carried out at Monks Wood National Reserve to see what species of bat are there, where they are roosting, if they are breeding in the area, and how they use the habitat. Data has been collected by group members by means of walked transect surveys, emergence surveys, mist netting and harp trapping, radio tracking and the use of infra-red cameras. Several new roosts of Barbastelle have been recorded, as well as the identification of key foraging areas, and a highlight for our side-line small Myotis project – whiskered bat!
Wandlebury Country Park
During 2017 the bat group worked with Cambridge Past Present and Future at their Wandlebury site to collect basic information on bat species present and a bit about how they use the site. This was done by several walked transect routes around the site at several times during the season, and resulted in the identification of at least 7 species of bat, including Barbastelle! The information collected will be used to help inform habitat management plans for the site.