Bat Survey Information

Montefiore Woodland Bat WalkFollowing a successful Moth Evening and Bat Walk in August 2013, the committee decided to purchase three Bat Detectors for the Woodland group so we could hold further summer Twilight Bat Walks to and from King George VI Park and around Montefiore Woodland itself. (The walks were held one evening at the end of each month – June at 9pm, July at 8:30pm and August at 8pm. It was agreed we would report any sightings to the Bat Conservation Trust as part of their national sunrise/sunset survey.

Once again, these walks have been popular and well-attended.

Blessed with ideal weather, much to the delight of everyone, we were all able to see and hear (via the Bat Detectors) between seven and twelve different Common Pipistrelles on the wing as they were hunting their insect prey in our local area. Bat calls are normally beyond the range of human hearing and are used to build up a sound picture of their surroundings thus enabling them to wing their way through the dark night hunting the tiniest of insects, but with the aid of the detectors we were all able to spot these delightful, mysterious, nocturnal creatures.

Bat Survey 2017

DateSightings
Friday 30th June, 2017 – 8:45pmEight visitors enjoyed the first of 2017 Bat Walks for the local community.
In hindsight we met a bit early at 8:45, especially as the cloudy conditions seemed to lift and the light levels failed to darken until a lot later! While waiting within the woodland we were joined by a fox who approached us with considerable courage on several occasions. We also discovered three of our bat boxes were occupied, one contained a bird, possibly a tit, but unsure of the other occupants as too high up within the box and our torches were not as strong enough for us to identify them.
We were just about to leave as we had had no bat sightings and it was now 9:45pm when suddenly the detectors alerted us to Common Pipistrelle presence. We were then treated to 6 excellent sightings most of which were within the clearing itself with the bats flying across the wildflower meadow.
We then walked along the alleyways and into King George VI Park, but only saw a further 3 sightings. The best show was definitely within the woodland on this occasion!
A very satisfying evening for all. Next walk Friday 28th July at 8:30pm.
Friday 28th July at 8:30pm
Friday 25th August, 2017 at 7:45pm
joined by
Shirley Thomson from Kent Bat Group who will lead our walk + talk.
More information regarding Distribution of Sunset/Sunrise Survey sites can be found on the Bat Conservation Trust website:

http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/sunset_sunrise_survey.html

Bat Survey 2016

DateSightings
Friday May 27th 2016
9pm 13C
Practice walk
Just Lisa and I were available for this initial walk. A cool, breezy evening. We decided to meet at the Clearing just before sunset at 9pm. We didn’t have to wait long before Lisa’s detector picked up 3 bats within the woodland. Sue stayed near the Bat boxes as we believe we have a roosting bat within one, although it didn’t emerge while we were there.

We were treated to some excellent sightings of 3 Common Pipistrelle in Montefiore Woodland and a further 6 sightings in King George VI Park and the public alleyway – again excellent views and the bats came quite close on occasions. We are also beginning to detect their feeding raspberry noise,too, which is pleasing.

Friday 24th June, 2016 9:15pmNine people from children to grandparents enjoyed the first of 2016 Bat Walks for the local community on an ideal, mild summer evening. 3 bats were seen active within Montefiore Woodland and we all thoroughly enjoyed the excellent sightings of aerial hawking along the public footpath adjacent to the woodland. The bats were flying low and fast and were very busy feeding as we all heard many raspberry noises! We continued our walk to and within King George VI Park where we saw a total of 7 bats.
A very satisfying evening for all. Next walk Friday 29th July.
Friday 29th July 6 Common Pipistrelle sightings on Friday’s Bat Walk from Montefiore Woodland. A reasonable number of visitors who were pleased to have good sightings.
Again, we believe a bat was inside one of our boxes
Friday 26th August, 2016 at 8pm
8 Common Pipistrelle sightings on Friday 26th August’s Bat Walk from Montefiore Woodland. A number of visitors of mixed ages were pleased to see bats, although viewings not as good as on some previous occasions.
More information regarding Distribution of Sunset/Sunrise Survey sites can be found on the Bat Conservation Trust website:

http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/sunset_sunrise_survey.html

Bat Survey 2015

DateSightings
May 29th 2015
8:30pm
Practice walk
5 members of the Committee met in the Clearing at 8:30pm and after a very windy day and heavy showers we were surprised at the change of the weather as the evening although cool, was clear and pleasant. There was no bat activity until 9:10pm just after sunset (9:05pm)
As a result we will delay the start of our June Walk from 8:30pm to 9pm.

We were treated to some excellent sightings of 3 Common Pipistrelle in Montefiore Woodland and a further 5 sightings in King George VI Park – again excellent views and the bats came quite close on occasions.

Friday 26th June
9pm
Our June walk on Friday 26th from Montefiore Woodland CT11 8AE to King George VI Park went well. We joined by a couple of new people to our walks.

We saw 8 Common Pipistrelles and we believe we saw 2 bats of a different species….? They were noticeably larger, had a slower flight and were detected at 50MHZ.. As yet we are not completely sure as to what species they were, but hopefully we will see them another time?

Friday 31st July
8:30pm
A group of all ages (26) met in the Clearing of the Woodland in ideal conditions. Following a brief introductory talk, the group began the evening stroll and were delighted to see two sightings of Common Pipistrelle Bats within the Woodland. As before we made our way along the public footpaths with occasional sightings. However, the best was yet to come and we were treated to an excellent display of ariel hawking in King George VI Park to everyone’s delight.
In total we saw seven Common Pipistrelles.
Friday 28th August
7:30pm
Once again our group of 11 were able to enjoy the evening walk in ideal conditions. Several members had their first sighting of a Common Pipistrelle in the Woodland and then to great excitement Dave spotted what we believe to be a bat roosting in one of our bat boxes!
Another Pipistrelle was seen along the alley adjacent to the woodland and further sightings were seen in King George VI Park where once again we were treated to some aerial hawking to the delight of the children at a low level of a possibly larger bat..?
A total of 5 Common Pipistrelles were seen much to the satisfaction of all!
More information regarding Distribution of Sunset/Sunrise Survey sites can be found on the Bat Conservation Trust website:

2015http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/sunsetsunrise_survey_2015.html

Sunset/Sunrise Survey 2015

Information from the Bat Conservation Trust:
Based on the data received for 2015, around 111 volunteers took part in 98 Sunrise/Sunset Surveys. Bats were seen on 88 (90%) of these surveys. Even more excitingly, some volunteers actually managed to spot bats leaving or entering their roosts, and 7 roosts were found.

The distribution of sites surveyed, bats seen and roosts found is shown below. Note: If no bats were seen it does not necessarily imply that they are absent from the area.

Bat Survey 2014

DateSightings
May 30th 2014Practice walk – 7 Common Pipistrelle sightings from Montefiore Woodland to and in King George VI Park
Friday 27th JuneOur first Bat Walk for 2014 was well-attended with 24 people of all ages including children and we got a total of at least 5 sightings of Common Pipistrelle from between Montefiore Woodland and King George VI Park!
Saturday 30th July Another good evening with about 24 people. Best number of sightings yet- at least 10 (possibly 12 bats) along the whole route – 5 seen in woodland at once! Once it’s dark the number of sightings seem to diminish rapidly and the location of sightings seems to vary each time.
Friday 29th AugustFinal Bat Walk for this summer took place on another good evening with about 14 people including children – 9 sightings of bats along the whole route.