Since I last wrote a post for the blog the bat season has begun, but it's come as more a damp thud, rather than the exciting start we were planning. This is down to the weather which has been colder, wetter and windier than we've experienced at this time in the last few years. Unfavourable weather prevents us from getting out to survey, and also when it occurs over a longer period can have a notable negative impact on the bats, which is particularly reflected in the number of juveniles for the year and perhaps the lower weights of some of the bats we've been seeing.
To read a brief report of the surveys so far, click on.
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.
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The Bernwood Forest Bechstein's Project is a project of the North Bucks Bat Group.