We will survey bats roosting in the inland and coastal quarries and caves in Purbeck. The surveys start 30 minutes before sunset and finish 90 minutes after sunset. It’s an ambitious and exciting project ! If you are interested in helping and (hopefully!) witnessing bats emerging from the quarries and caves, please join us. No experience needed.
Need to know
Each year, the National Trust Purbeck, Dorset Bat Group, Nick Tomlinson Ecology, Abbas Ecology and Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services join forces to coordinate these surveys. These coordinated survey efforts allow multiple roost locations to be surveyed on the same night, helping us to build up a picture of how bats use the Purbeck landscape, which roost locations are priorities for restoration and management, and which areas may offer the potential for habitat improvement works to benefit bats at the landscape scale. We split up and survey 23 locations. When you contact us please let us know the following information so we can allocate you a location and survey partner/s. Do you have i) your own bat detector ? ii) previous experience? iii) your own transport? If you don’t have previous experience of bat surveys, or your own detector we will pair you with those that do.
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