Where are Southwick Country Park’s bats?
By Ali Rasey
Some of you have been on our bat walks over the last few years. We have heard (using bat detectors) and seen many different species of bats, including noctules, serotines, pipistrelles, Myotis species, and brown long-eared bats. There is also a record of a greater horseshoe bat (very exciting) – but we haven’t heard or seen that on our bat walks. The best time for us to see/hear bats I think is in August and September; at this time juveniles as well as the adults are flying, and sunset is earlier so the bats are out earlier in the evening.
So, where are the best places to see/hear these bats? Some species will come out around sunset, although others don’t appear until it is really quite dark. You will need a bat detector to hear bats:-
Myotis species (incl Daubenton’s bat) – over the pond near the decorated bridge
Myotis species and brown long-eared bat – near Puddle Corne
Noctule bat – over Lambrok Meadow
Serotine bat – near the main entrance to the Country Park
Pipistrelle bat – almost anywhere in the Country Park
We have a record for one of the UK’s rarest bats, Bechstein’s bat (Myotis Bechsteinii) in Southwick Country Park – this could be what we’re hearing near Puddle Corner.
Myotis Bechsteinii © Bat Conservation Trust
Here is an article about protecting the park’s bats from the dangers of urban development: