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Protected species

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  • North Sea Ferries Bat Research 2014

    Wednesday December 17th, 2014

    In 2014 we deployed bat detectors on two commercial ferries sailing routes through the southern North Sea. The two vessels were Flandria Seaways (DFDS Seaways) and the Pride of York (P&O Ferries), which sail from Felixstowe (UK) to Vlaardingen (Netherlands) and from Hull (UK) to Zeebrugge (Belgium) respectively. The aim of the study was to record bats, that may be actively migrating, over the North Sea, and to see if there were any clear patterns to their occurrence.

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  • Pembrokeshire Islands Bat Research 2014

    Wednesday December 10th, 2014

    In 2014 we deployed bat detectors on the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey, off the west coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales.The aims were to increase knowledge of the bat fauna and investigate evidence for migration through the identification of changes in seasonal bat activity.

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  • Stable Isotope Analysis provides further evidence of Nathusius’ pipistrelle migration

    Monday December 1st, 2014

    The extent of bat migration between continental Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) is poorly understood. BSG Ecology has been conducting studies looking at whether there is evidence of bat migration into and out of the country since early 2012. Using static detectors at various coastal locations and on North Sea ferries, we have consistently recorded peak levels of Nathusius’ pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii (a migratory species of bat) activity during the migration season for the species on the continent.

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  • Matt Hobbs Presents to the Spurn Migration Festival

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

    Principal Ecologist Matt Hobbs recently presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to Bat Migration” to the Spurn Migration Festival in East Yorkshire. The talk gave details of BSG Ecology’s ongoing research project to look at patterns of bat activity at coastal sites around England and Wales.

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  • Chittering Leisler’s bats

    Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

    BSG partner Dr Peter Shepherd has been closely involved with a bat box monitoring scheme in Sherwood Forest over the last 16 years. Since monitoring began, the species recorded have regularly included noctule, Leisler’s, common and soprano pipistrelles , with occasional brown long-eared bat and whiskered/Brandt’s bats being recorded.

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  • Internal Training: Bat Identification and Survey Design

    Thursday June 19th, 2014

    As part of a structured programme of internal technical training, Dr Peter Shepherd recently delivered a two-day course on bat identification and survey design to ten staff from around the practice. This article sets out what the course aimed to cover and achieve, and provides links to photos taken on the day. It was both challenging and enjoyable for the staff involved, who are at various stages of working towards licenses and in their development as bat surveyors.

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  • Hannah Bilston to Appear on Countryfile

    Friday May 23rd, 2014

    Senior Ecologist Hannah Bilston will be appearing on the BBC’s Countryfile programme (episode airing on Sunday 1st June at 7pm). She will be talking about the bat monitoring she undertakes at Finemere Wood in Buckinghamshire

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  • BCT Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium 2014

    Thursday April 17th, 2014

    Senior Ecologists Hannah Bilston and David Stiles attended the Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium, organised by the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), in March 2014. A wide range of professionals came together to discuss the impacts that humans have on wildlife by the increasing use of artificial light in the night time environment; to hear the latest research on the subject and to look at ways in which the impacts of lighting can be avoided or mitigated.

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  • Maximising occupation of bat boxes

    Monday April 14th, 2014

    Since 2008 Hannah Bilston, a Senior Ecologist in our Oxford office, has been monitoring bat populations in Finemere Wood, an ancient woodland in Buckinghamshire. The project was initiated by the North Bucks Bat Group (NBBG) in 2003 and formed the study site for Hannah’s MSc research into factors affecting bat box selection within Finemere Wood between 2009 and 2011. More recently, Hannah has been investigating ways to maximise occupation rates of bat boxes by maternity roosts of woodland bats.

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