Bats Galore in our Grounds!

a brown long-eared bat

Sometimes, bat workers catch bats humanely to understand more about their ecology and distribution. We do this using either mist nets (similar to those used by bird ringers) or a device called a Harp Trap, which is a frame of tensioned vertical nylon strings which the bats fly into and slide down into a catch bag underneath unharmed. Two of our staff are designing a new harp trap as a private commercial venture and as part of the testing procedure they have a specific licence from Natural England to trap bats to test the evolving design. Last night (Thursday 3rd August) they undertook a trapping session in our parkland grounds at Lockington Hall. We knew from previous surveys using bat detectors that there was a good amount of activity but we were surprised to catch 21 bats of 5 species! Of particular interest was a high number of juvenile and post-lactating adult female whiskered bats which suggests that there is a maternity roost somewhere in the village. This brings the total number of confirmed bat species in the Hall grounds up to six:

  • whiskered bat
  • natterer’s bat
  • noctule bat
  • common pipistrelle bat
  • soprano pipistrelle bat
  • brown long-eared bat

To find out more about bat surveys, including advanced trapping techniques, head to our bat surveys page.