BAT WATCH

This months blogs plays homage to the bats that call Cannon Hall their home.

As part of the HLF/ Parks For People project development phase many surveys were carried out including a very detailed bat survey.

The project team enlisted the expert help of Brooks Ecological from Leeds. A total of 5 visits using teams of up to 8 surveyors spent many sleepless nights at Cannon Hall on ‘Bat Watch’. These surveys were carried out across May, June and July 2016 with surveyors positioned around the site to cover all aspects where bats could potentially emerge, and to establish activity levels around the site.

The surveyors, using heterodyne detectors, were in place at least half an hour before dusk and left once all species of bat would be expected to have left roosts.

Of the thirteen buildings surveyed, four have been found to support bat roosts.

A total of eleven roost sites have been discovered, including a brown long eared maternity colony, and ten small summer non-breeding roosts occupied by common pipistrelle and myotid bats (suspected whiskered bat).

Why not come along and see these bats yourself?

FREE ENTRY (booking essential)

28 July 2017 8.30pm

Bat Tour in Cannon Hall Park

Discover and observe the many species of Bats at Cannon Hall Park and hear them with Bat Detectors, guided by the expert help of the South Yorkshire Bat Group – and with assistance from RSPB Old Moor.

Lasts approximately 1 hour; meet in the main Car Park near the Pavilion Cafe at 8.30 pm. Places are limited booking essential email cannonhallfriends@gmail.com

This is a free event generously funded by the Co-op Local Community Fund (Darton and Mapplewell).

Donations to the Friends of Cannon Hall are welcomed to support the Heritage Lottery Project.

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