Check the events list for what’s on… Training dates coming soon
25th August - Elsewhere in the UK, a few of our members have spent their bank holiday weekend tracking bats down in Oxfordshire.
20th August - Another great night at Tatton park with lots of bats including daubentons, common pipistrelle, soprano pipstrelle, whiskered and brandts; but the most exciting was the appearance of a lovely brown long-eared, the first we have caught at Tatton.
18th August - It was a chilly night surveying in Knowsley Safari park but the bats made an appearance despite the weather.
13th August - Our involvement in the Nathusius project was given a boost when our survey at Marbury produced not one but FOUR nathusius pipistrelles. Stay tuned to hear more about the project and these rare bats.
3rd July - Baby bat season is well underway and we are as busy as ever. If you find a grounded or injured bat please visit our HELP! I’ve found a bat page for advice on what to do next.
14th June - Tatton Park is proving to be a brilliant site for bats. We surveyed from dusk until dawn and found 6 new roosts – 3 Soprano pip and 3 Long-eared. We also had records of Noctule, Daubentons, Whiskered/Brandts and Common Pip.
4th June - A great evening out with Clwyd Bat Group in North Wales complete with lovely welsh scenery and of course…Lesser Horseshoe Bats.
27th May - A bit chilly compared to the other nights surveying at Tatton Park but the bats came out nonetheless. Again, lots of Noctule and Soprano were recorded, and we even came across some other creatures of the night including fox, badger and a cheeky hoot from a tawny owl.
17th May – Look at that beautiful weather here in South Lancashire today. A few of us are taking advantage of the sunshine and heading out to look at potential sites. Stay tuned for some photos of our day.
12th May - Another fantastic turn out for last nights survey with both South Lancs and Cheshire Bat Groups recording lots of bats from Soprano pipistrelle’s to Noctule’s and even a few Nathusius pipistrelle’s for good measure.
8th April - A warm welcome from the ladies of the Prestwich Ladies Club who invited us along to give a talk about bats and the work we do here at SLBG. We even got tea and biscuits, brilliant!
23rd February - Another successful hibernation survey, 2nd highest record of bats at one site with Daubenton’s, Whiskered/Brandts, Natterer’s and even a Brown long-eared on the list.
22nd February - The first workshop of 2014 – Introduction to Bats – proved to be a success. We welcomed some new members to the group, but best of all was the surprise find of a little brown long-eared bat. Brilliant start to 2014.
Congratulations! our newest bat enthusiast – Simon and Vicky Holden (and Millie, who has a new baby brother) are the proud parents of Alfie, born on 6th January 2014, weighing 6lb 5oz. What great news at the start of the year!
26th January - Record counts of hibernating bats in Bolton! Great, if cold day, full of caving, Daubenton’s bats and Whiskered/Alcathoe/Brant’s bats, plus a few which had been ringed in during the swarming surveys.
25th January – trip out to Liverpool World Museum to see the museum’s collection of preserved bats… really interesting day, photos have gone up on our facebook page
3rd December - Monthly meeting - A discussion on the future direction of the group as well as some of our future projects. Followed by a Batty Christmas Quiz, compared by our Chair, Martin Prescott.
3rd November Our recent bat box check at Duxbury woods found the highest occupation rates since we started the survey with 20% occupation and 23 Noctules, and 3 common pipistrelles. 1 Noctule and 1 soprano pipistrelle at Haigh!
5 great nights on our swarming project during September and October. We caught 167 bats and most were ringed as part of our long term study into the use of both sites.