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.
Assistant Ranger Jenny