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. 

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Bats and WHSAP

Nine species of bats have been identified in the park, among them members of the UK’s rare, internationally important population of Bechstein’s bats that roost in Green Lane Wood.

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