Bats are a common sight across the village at dusk and we appear to have many successful colonies in the parish.
During August last year, a dead bat was found just off the Whittington Woodland and was identified as a Brown Long Eared Bat. Until this point, no-one in the village was aware we had Brown Long Eared bats in the village.
Local bat enthusiasts Lisa and Thomas Mason arranged a bat walk using their bat detector around the woodland at dusk on 14th August. The detector identified that we have three species of bat living in and around the Whittington Woodland.
The species identified were Daubenton’s, Common Pipistrelle and Brown Long Eared bat.
Thanks to a successful grant application to the Veolia Envirogrant fund WFEG will buy a professional Bat Detector that plugs into an iPhone or iPad, as well as to buy some new bat boxes and conservation units.
We are very keen that the bat detector is widely used, and we will train up some WFEG volunteers to run bat walks for villagers where they can do some bat detection themselves.
The detector itself is very simple to use and we can also loan out to groups wanting to make use of it.