Bats and Bins in Wellesley Woodland

Last Monday the usual Wellesley bin run was done by Stuart and I. We got 40 bags of rubbish! Filling our biggest trailer. It was good to see people using the bins. Especially the recycling section.

However it wasn’t all fun, we also had the serious task of bat monitoring to perform. Over the summer, when bats are most active, we have been monitoring the level of activity in Wellesley Woodland. The bat box is placed on trees and records the high frequencies that bats permit at night. The calls the box picks up are then analysed in specialist software to determine which species we have got. The information is then used to inform management plans and monitor it’s effectiveness.


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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