This was a solo visit by Nick in the end! Having crashed to the far end of the pond with a hand held bat recorder all I had to show was a number of Common pipistrelle in the 90mins of recording plus a couple of Common frogs serenading (bit late for that?) so I came home feeling it was not worth it. Checking the results of the static recorder I left by the car it was nice to find recordings of both Common and Soprano pipitrelle, Noctule and also a Myotis bat species. None of these were in great numbers but certainly would have been a more interesting spot to stand. Not sure about whether it is worth adding bat boxes at this stage. Another visit may be worth it.
DALBY EXPLORER DAY
Dalby Explorer day was on Sunday 9th July from 10.30 to 4.00.
Nats had a stand thanks to Rob Stark, Colin Keighley and Nick Gibbons. Colin had some superb posters which brightened up the stand and ‘bat music’ was an added bonus – not sure you could detect which bats it was meant to be some of the time but attracted attention! Good to see a couple of members to chat to. The skeleton that Colin had prepared was also a major talking point.
Created a little bit of interest but need to think of the target audience for next year. Very few young adults and most children were under 10 so need something targeted at this age group if we do it next year. Need to chat with BCT what resources they have such as stickers etc.