Barbastelle Tracking Diary – part 3

April 2015  On Saturday 25th April the barbastelle bat tracking team met at the Yarner Woodland Centre for the third time to start their practical radio tracking training. Still keen to commit their time to the study, the 25 volunteers signed up and paired up into survey teams for the coming months’ work. Back at the helm, Andy Carr (PhD researcher at the University of Bristol) outlined the training for the day. This would be the first time the volunteersRead more

Barbastelle Tracking Diary – part 2

April 2015  On Friday 17th April the barbastelle bat tracking team assembled again. Meeting at the Yarner Woodland Centre, 25 eager volunteers listened to Andy Carr of Bristol University introduce the more technical aspects of the forthcoming study. The barbastelle is undoubtedly rare, estimated UK numbers are around 5000, and there are many significant gaps in our knowledge of the species including the variations in their behaviour throughout the season. If enough data is produced the survey should provide informationRead more