On Friday 11th May, good job it wasn’t the 13th due to the location we were at, Laura, Adam, Bernard, Matt and I in our waders and wearing head torches entered the depths of an old flooded basement with satanic symbols on the walls and the writing of the “End is near” to set upon our task of creating habitats for bats.
Working with only the light from our head torches we started clearing out the litter and old debris. It did not take long before we realised we Were Not Alone as there were creatures swimming between our feet and climbing up the walls. They only turned out to be these below…..
We saw over 20 frogs so Adam used the fine art of catching and returning back to the wild. Laura also found a female Newt.
After evicting all the basement tenants we set to work drilling holes into the wall and setting in wall plugs to fix the ready made bat boxes to be hung upon. Then all of us got creative building our own. We may have gone a bit over the top on the creative side as we named a couple of the bat boxes as pictured below:
In total we installed 11 Bat boxes and 2 rails for future bat boxes to be hung upon. Plus we turned 2 concrete stacks into suitable homes by posting little bits of wooden slats into slots in the concrete stack to ensure nice tight/warm crevice for the bats to roost in.
This tasks was carried out to create a new hibernation site for bats in a location that only the Blackwater Trust would have access to and able to monitor to ensure a safe haven for the bats to inhabit and hopefully increase their numbers.
Thank you Laura for leading such an interesting and enjoyable task.
Jeremy/Jez. Volunteer Student