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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Going Batty!

Here's one I missed during the summer!

Dear Norman and Linda

I am a student at Writtle College in Essex, studying a BSc in Conservation and Environment.

I have recently returned from a Lower Treave camping holiday. During my time at your campsite I decided to test the bat detection equipment that I will be using for my dissertation project later this summer. Although my investigations on your campsite form no part of my dissertation I was intrigued by the density and flight patterns of the many bats overhead.

I am curious to know if the bat population over your park is typical of that in the area and did bats form part of any evaluation criteria for your receipt of the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award?

Many thanks for a wonderful holiday. It was my second visit to your park and it definitely won't be the last.

Victoria Neveling

P.S. I enjoyed seeing your resident hedgehogs on two consecutive nights!

I replied to Victoria with as much as I knew about the bats....which didn't take long....and she informs me that they are Pipistrelles and she was using BatScan Software to track them. We let her have a copy of the Bellamy Award Scheme criteria and we will certainly be including this information in next years award. Thanks Victoria!


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