Bats in Wellesley Woods



Common Pipistrelle

From June to October 2016 BVCP have been conducting bat surveys in Wellesley Woodland. All 9 sites were surveyed using a static recorder, donated by the BVC Trust, and 2 sites were also surveyed using a transect approach. Overall 9 different species of bat were identified! This is fantastic news as it supports our assumptions about habitat suitability and reinforces our future management plans for the woodland. Management plans that will benefit bats include identifying feature trees that we can allow to become veteran, following our policy on dead wood (to allow as much of it to remain on site as possible and maintain some standing dead wood) and maintain open spaces within woodland by extending the area of glades and creating additional rides. These plans, plus more in the works, will either increase roosting potential in the woodland or increase the numbers of insects for the bats to prey on.

A huge thank you to the BVC Trust for donating the bat recorder and everyone who helped Steve Bailey and I conduct the surveys.

The bat detector system

The bat detector system

Assistant Ranger Jenny




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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