New bat arrivals at Sherwood Forest

Twice a year at Sherwood Forest we work together with the Nottinghamshire Bat Group to complete bat surveys, and here is what was found…

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At the end of October, a bat survey took place at Sherwood Forest over the course of two days. For over five years we have had a strong relationship with Nottinghamshire Bat Group to ensure the bats in our forest are still thriving to keep them a protected species in the UK.

The bat boxes are checked twice a year, once before the bats have hibernated which was just taken place and then another check in the springtime when the bats are beginning to come out of hibernation.

With the large number of 250 bat boxes amongst the forest at Sherwood, the Nottinghamshire Bat Group tend to get around to 80% of the boxes over the two days of checks.

Excitedly, over the years of Sherwood Forest seven different bat species have been found in the forest, these include; Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule Brown Long-eared bat, Daubenton’s bat, Leisler’s bat and Natterers.

However, over the course of the checks three of these bat species were found; Noctule, Leisler’s and Soprano Pipistrelle. These are the most common bats and are usually found on these checks.

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Alisha Patel