Well there hasn't been too much to update through the winter months, while the bats sleep and we carry on with other responsibilities, but summer is approaching and the bat season has now begun - so we should have a lot more to say over the approaching months.
We were able to learn a great deal last year and we've tried to use that information to direct our plans for this season, which include further trapping surveys of bats in woodlands and more radio tracking. With the first bout of radio tracking pencilled in for next month, to precede the maternity period, those long field hours and sleepless nights suddenly seem very close!
In all - it's shaping up to be a fun, and hopefully productive, year for the project. We will endeavour to keep updating our blog and twitter - if you want to keep in touch you can get updates by email using the 'Follow us by email' box on the right hand side of the blog page or follow us on twitter @bechsteins!
Welcome to the Bernwood Forest Bechstein's Project Blog! Following the discovery of breeding Bechstein's in Buckinghamshire during a National Bat Conservation Trust survey, this subsequent project was conceived by Chris Damant, Jo Hodgkins and Toby Thorne to follow up and find out more. See below for updates on the blog and follow our Twitter feed @bechsteins.
All work is conducted under license from Natural England. All British Bats are protected by law.
The Bernwood Forest Bechstein's Project is a project of the North Bucks Bat Group.