Bats

Building for bats in an urban world

Whiskered Bat by Jan Svetlik

A new study by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the University of Turin shows how to minimise impacts of urban growth on bats at a time when the need for new housing often hits the headlines.

This study highlights how the contribution of citizen scientists can really make a difference in research projects. The volunteer-based data collection approach allowed us to get a clear view of urban habitat exploitation by bats in Norfolk, and provides practical suggestions for urban development and woodland management.”

MWLBG: AGM

Joing the Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group at the Knowsley Safari Park for our Annual General Meeting. This year we will be receiving a talk from local expert Bat consultant Stan Irwin on Bats and Mitigation followed by an evening out on the Park listening to Bats over the lake and watching these amazing creatures emerge from their roosts.

Discovery awaits in the twilight: Take part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme by Chloe-Lea Longden

Bat Detecting (BCT/Anne Youngman)

Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. You can help to monitor how the UK's bats are currently faring by taking part in the Bat Conservation Trust’s National Bat Monitoring Programme surveys which involve observing these fascinating mammals in your local area.

Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group

The Merseyside and West Lancashire Bat Group is a group of individuals who have an interest in all things Bat!

We have similar aims to learn and share knowledge, in addition to furthering the cause of bat conservation in its many forms, at times this might include doing bat walks, batty talks and caring for injured bats.

Please take your time to have a look around, the links above will take you to some of our main pages but there is much more information throughout the website.

Bats at Ten Acres

The annual follow up to Court Hey Park just down the road at the island woodland of Ten Acre Pits was just as enticing as the walk a few days earlier. The turn out was also good with a similar number of people arriving. Many regulars and returnees from the previous years along with Brian from the Friends checking in for most of the night to keep us in check!

Bats at Court Hey Park

Every year we undertake a public bat walk at Court Hey Park. Promoted by the Knowsley Ranger Service (Karen Brady) and kindly hosted by the National Wildflower Centre. I wear both my Merseyside BioBank and Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group hats! The night kicked off with the traditional quiz.

This years having some mean twists just to keep people on their toes.

Do you know which direction a bat always goes when it leaves roost?

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