I really like bats, they eat midges........as many as 3,000 a night each!
I had a good morning out with the Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group at Carstramon Wood. They were doing a bat survey and I went along to learn a bit more about bats, it was fascinating. I wanted to learn a bit about bats as at certain times of the year they will be out and about on stargazing nights.
I had been at Carstramon a couple of times this week already as the bluebells are superb at the moment and it is a great place for a walk. This was great as it was looking at everything from a different perspective. With ladders, gloves and people who knew what they were doing bat wise it was quite a different experience.
As we were conducting a survey of the boxes to find out what species were using them we got a close up look at the bats themselves which was a great privilege. To tell the difference between a Soprano pipistrelle and 'common' (bandit) pipistrelle you have to look at their noses. At dusk when they are flying around they echo locate at different frequencies which can be picked up on a bat detector so it is much easier.