To develop a greater understanding of bats and record their ongoing status in the Launceston Area
To develop the interests of Bats among our members.
The Group owns Bat Detectors which can be loaned - see Equipment Inventory There are notes on echolocation to help with identifying the sounds from detectors. The Identification section also provides information to help in identifying bats in our neighbourhood Typical Summer homes and Hunting Locations
Our starting position: According to one of our local Bat experts, Tony Atkinson:
* the commonest bat we have in our area is probably the Pipistrelle
* the commonest bat found in roof spaces is the Brown Long Eared
* in E. Cornwall, the complete list in terms of decreasing abundance is probably
Pipistrelle, Whiskered/Brants/ Lesser Horse Shoe*, Brown Long Eared, Daubentines, Natterers then debateable order: Greater Horse Shoe*, Noctule, Serotine, Barbastelle*
* We still don't know where there is a breeding colony of Noctules, Serotines, or Barbastelles.
* these species are rare Nationally and considered endangered.
Hibernation. In the winter, we can only account for about 1% of the observed, summer population We know that some go into crevices in walls because they occasionally get uncovered. But where the rest of them get to is anybodies guess. Only now is John Kascanov beginning to find out by catching bats in mist nets, tagging them with radio bleepers, and following them to crevices in trees, etc.
Project Objectives. Our Projects will be centred on Increasing the knowledge of the species we have locally
- Are their numbers stable?
- What type of roosts are they found in?
- What are the local threats to roosts or habitats
Please send us any pictures or information relevant to Bats in North Cormwall