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‘Natterer’s’ bat seen roosting in Southwick Country Park
1:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
Experts at Southwick Country Park believe they may have discovered a rare Natterer’s bat roosting in an oak tree.
The creature, which has brown fur and pale wings, was discovered when groundsmen were preparing a tree for the Big Tree Climb in the Trowbridge park, run by Wiltshire Council, at the end of last month.
But as Natterer’s bats are an endangered species, the organisers had to cancel the event, as well another climb due to take place on August 28, so the habitat was not disturbed.
Ali Rasey, a Wiltshire Council countryside officer, said: “They are quite difficult to identify, so we are not 100 per cent at the moment, but it does look like the Natterer’s and we are very excited by the discovery.”
The park does not have a licence to interfere with the bat’s habitat, so, throughout the autumn, park staff will carry out evening surveys, using bat detectors and recording equipment, to try to identify it.
They will also be analysing its droppings.
The park will be hosting a public walk, to identify other bats on site, at 8.15pm tonight.
Places need to be booked and visitors are advised to bring torches with them. The park staff will provide bat detectors, to be shared out between walking groups.
Miss Rasey said: “The best way for someone to get a batty experience is to come down to the walk, but if people do have their own bat detectors they could go carry out their own walks in the park during evenings.”
To book a place on the bat walk, call 01225 718647 or make contact via the website email@example.com
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