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Harland Mount Bat survey 28th July 2017
Jul 28 @ 20:15 – 22:45

Harland Mount is a small YWT reserve on the outskirts of Scarborough. Rob Stark has been doing a breeding birds survey on it this year and vey little is known of the bat usage of the site. A muster of 7 people turned out and the bat survey was completed successfully. The top meadow was largely Common and Soprano pipitrelle with an odd pass of a Noctule and Myotis species. The lower meadow was much more productive with a good number of both pipistrelle but also several Myotis feeding at the southern end of the meadow where the hedgerow meets the woodland. There is also clearly a major Noctule roost somewhere to the south-east of the reserve as in one 20min spell a total of 16 were recorded, all flying fairly high and all heading north-west. Below Stepney Hill Farm ihere they were heading is a nice valley with a pond and may be a good feeding area. We did not add any nocturnal birds to Rob’s survey although owls were in the neighbourhood.


Dean and Manor Road cemeteries bat survey 4th August 2017
Aug 4 @ 20:00 – 21:00

Louise, Colin and myself, with the help of Geoff Wilson and some other EYBG volunteers, managed to cover three points across the two cemeteries. We met Jan Cleary of the Cemetery Volunteer Group at the start and set off on something other than bats. The cemetery volunteers are keen to survey for hedgehogs and wanted some advice on where to start. In the absence of a number of trail cameras a quick lesson in the identification of hedgehog scat was the order of the day, samples being brought from the garden where we regularly have hedgehogs visiting. Scat could be looked for at any time of day by the volunteers and would give a good indication of hedgehog usage.

It was then a walk for the teams to get to the sites in the Manor Road cemetery for an 8.50pm start, leaving one team by the chapel. The bats started early with Common pipitsrelle being recorded at all three points soon after dusk at 8.55. Common pips were feeding at all three sites almost continuously during the recording sessions with a few scattered records of Soprano pipitsrelle. Three passes of Myotis bats were  recorded late in the session but could not be identified further. The ‘chapel’ team had to move a little away from the site as the security lights appeared to be deterring bats. A thought for the chapel upgrade would be better shielded lighting.

Seivedale @ Meet at Dalby drive forest barrier Pexton end
Aug 8 @ 18:30 – 21:30
Keys Beck bat survey 11th August 2017
Aug 11 @ 20:00 – 23:00

Meet at Forest entrance at SE80069635.

This event will start 15 mins before dusk which is 8.40pm and run for 95mins after dusk. We will not be far from the cars so we need to meet at the site at 8.00pm. This is some way from Scarborough so we need to sort out car share, probably leaving Scarborough at about 7.00pm.

Contact Nick Gibbons for details 01723 368502 or by email.

9th January 2018 Annual Roundup
Aug 29 @ 12:06 – 13:06

A review of 2017.  Please bring any information or samples of interest.

19 Sept 2017 Summer Round Up @ The Education Centre
Sep 19 @ 19:30 – 21:30
Wykeham and Broadhead bat box checks
Sep 30 all-day

Meet at Hackness Village Hall car park at 10.00am. This will be a half day visit.


Please let Nick Gibbons know if you are coming on 01732 368502.

Dalby and Cropton Forest Bat box Box checks
Oct 8 all-day

Meet at the barrier at the Pickering end of the Forest Drive at 10.00am. This will be an all day visit.


Please let Nick Gibbons know if you are coming on 01732 368502

17th October 2017 The Lower Derwent by Craig Ralston of Natural England @ Education Centre
Oct 17 @ 19:30 – 21:30
14th November 2017 This Exploited Land @ Education Centre
Nov 14 @ 19:30 – 21:30