Here are some of our favourite batty links:
UK bat sites:
The Kent Bat Box A pdf with instructions on how to build one
Over Christmas 2014, you might like to look out for bats in The Queen's Garden TV programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week52/queens-garden "As the sun goes down, Alan has been given permission to visit the garden at night to try to locate the pipistrelle bats, the smallest bat in Britain, using night vision cameras and high tech listening equipment."
Regional Bat Groups:
Trinibats Conserving the bats of Trinidad
BatThai Helping to conserve bats in Thailand
KMBRC - The Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre collects records of Kent's bats and other wildlife.
Kent Bat Migration Research Report In 2012 and 2013 a research study was conducted by BSG Ecology to establish whether seasonal patterns of bat activity indicative of migration are apparent on the Kent coast. In 2012 survey work was undertaken at Dungeness, and following interesting results, BSG extended the study in 2013 to include two additional sampling locations; Dover and Sandwich Bay. The static detectors were deployed in mid-April and collected in mid-November. There is a report on the website linked above.
Kent Underground Research Group - The Kent Underground Research Group carry out research into the origins, use and history of the many subterranean features of Kent and the South East.
The Bat Detective provides general information about bats.
BatBox produce the 'Batbox' bat detectors.
BBC Wildlife Podcasts the April 2014 podcast has a section on bats and an interview with Prof. Kate Jones.
Kent Wildlife Trust working towards a living landscape and living seas, in and around Kent and Medway.
Kent God's Acre Project provides advice, training, tools and support for churches in the Diocese of Canterbury to encourage wildlife diversity in their churchyards.
UK Safari for anyone interested in the wildlife and countryside of Britain. Features facts, photos, and a free newsletter.
Wild about Britain aims to change the face of British wildlife by raising awareness and inspiration in our natural heritage, the environment and it's conservation.
Kent Mammal Group Notice: Are You A Mammal Photographer?
The Kent Mammal Atlas is a collaborative project between The Kent Bat Group (KBG), Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC), The East and West Kent Badger Groups and the Kent Mammal Group (KMG). A mammal atlas committee has been setup with representation from many of the aforementioned groups that has oversight for the creation and publication of the atlas.
The Kent mammal atlas project is in need of your best digital mammal photographs of species that occur in Kent. We are hoping that you'll send in your best digital photographs to allow the mammal atlas committee to then select photos that are suitable for possible inclusion within the forthcoming mammal atlas.
Copyright of the images must be the property of the submitter and will remain so. The mammal atlas committee will not be able to confirm receipt of images. The mammal atlas committee reserves the right to publish these images in the atlas as they deem suitable. All photographers of images published in the atlas will receive a credit.
Guidelines For Submitting Images.
Please refer to the Kent Mammal Group website for the list of mammals requiring photographs and also read the specifications below. Please then e-mail your JPEG images to email@example.com
1. To determine suitability for inclusion within the atlas. Images must be submitted as JPEGS, saved at the highest quality setting available i.e. 10 in Photoshop, Adobe RGB (1998), and must be 1920 pixels on the longest dimension. The closing date for the submission of JPEGS will be 30th November 2012.
2. If your photograph is selected for inclusion within the atlas a high resolution image will be then be requested (preferably TIFF). This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at 300ppi.
Photos above: Serotine bat; A harp trap used for surveys; Checking an underground site for hibernating bats.