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Large Bat

Observed: 10th January 2011 By: Adam Wellings
Description:

We have a large summer nursery colony of Pipestrelles in our house loft (160+), which hibernate elsewhere in the winter. Some days ago I observed what I at first thought was a Woodcock (to give an idea of relative size)circling a chimney of the house but then realised it was a bat; it was not flying fast at all. I saw it settle on the wall and crawl below a coping - have not been able to locate it inside the loft. Given location does anyone have an idea of how to narrow down particular species. In the summer I occasionally observe large bats flying high well above tree height at dusk but they seem to be travelling not feeding and are soon gone.

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Blewit Boy's picture

Have you got................

Have you got a photo??

chris

Adam Wellings's picture

Photo

I'm afraid not - too quick for me

Adam Wellings

Sam Griffin's picture

Cumbrian Bats

Hi Adam,

This sounds really interesting. You say the bat was big. I'm assuming that if you could see it it was either flying in the day or very early morning or evening. This would suggest that it might be a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula), which is big and reletively tolerant of light conditions (due to its size reducing the risk of predation). This said, Noctules are not known to roost in houses in Cumbria. The fact you couldn't find it in the loft isnt surprising as it could easily have tucked itself away in a gap on the exterior of the house. There is some evidence that Noctules can be active year round in Europe. I have heard reports of Noctules being seen flying (and apparently foraging) at Centre Parks near Penrith recently. Obviously it could easily be a bat that has been disturbed from a tree roost (usual location for Noctules)and opportunistically jumped into a gap in your house. On the other hand, you might have found the first Noctule roost in a building in Cumbria. If you would like a member of Cumberland Bat Group to come and have a look, I would be more than happy to help arrange that. I'm not sure if ispot lets you send private messages, but if it does, send your email address / tel no and I'll get in touch.

Regards

Sam Griffin

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Large Bat

That's great, we would love to do something organised in the Spring as we are in HLS, have tried as much as possible to encourage bats and my wife runs Forest Schools here too. We do educational visits under HLS and were thinking of doing some bat evenings with local schools - could we combine visits maybe? If you can let me have an e-mail address I will be in touch. Thanks Adam

Adam Wellings

Sam Griffin's picture

Email address

Hi Adam,

My email address is sam@heskethecology.com .
I would be very interested in having a chat with you at some point! As it happens my wife has been looking at doing her Forest Schools training, so we would be very keen to have a chat and maybe meet up? Don't worry about the fact I've given you my business email! I'm not trying to sell you anything (!!) its just safer than posting my personal email on here. The business address is on the web anyway!

I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Sam