Batting for Bats

Posted on April 17, 2019
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£1,856 raised
Goal £1,650
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Hooray! Our project has reached its 100% goal thanks to the many generous donations, including by the London Bats Group and the Friends of Carlisle Park! We have started work and commissioned Citizen Zoo to work with local residents in Teddington to conduct bat surveys, installing and moving the Anabat detector around a number of locations. We will keep you posted about the project and its impact.
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The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames is currently home to at least eleven bat species, from which at least six are thought to breed.

Common and soprano pipistrelles are by far the most widespread, whilst the noctule, brown long-eared bat and Daubenton’s bat are more localised but regularly recorded. Two nationally rare species, Nathusius’ pipistrelle and Leisler’s bat, are regularly recorded in the Borough. Serotine and Natterer’s bat are occasionally recorded, the latter confirmed as a breeding species in 2009. Whiskered/Brandt’s bat is also strongly suspected to occur.

Despite this rich variety of local species, the picture is not as positive as it first seems. Bat populations in the UK have been in consistent decline for decades as they battle against loss of habitat, reduction of food sources, increasing threat of poison from chemical treatments and pesticides, light spillage and disturbance to ‘bat superhighways’ – their commuting routes between feeding areas and roosts.

This is not just a national or international issue but affects us at a local level as well. Important bat species and their habitats will be affected if a number of sites earmarked for development here in South West London are built upon.

This campaign will allow us to purchase a state-of-the-art Anabat Swift Bat Detector and train volunteers to use it effectively. This detector will be deployed at various sites at threat of development and will collect and provide vital evidence of bat activity that can be presented during the planning process. We will also train local volunteers to gather robust data as well as demystifying these shy nocturnal species.

Your support is vital and will help provide crucial evidence of bat activity needed to defend and secure bat habitats, feeding grounds and the wider environment against inappropriate development. Together we can ensure a safer future for our small neighbours.

  • Anonymous
    07/01/2019
    On behalf of the London Bat Group londonbats.org.uk
    £300.00
  • Derek Sanders
    06/30/2019
    on behalf of The Friends of Carlisle Park
    £50.00
  • Anonymous
    06/30/2019
    £25.00
  • charlotte haigh
    06/30/2019
    £25.00
  • M E Hildesley
    06/28/2019
    £50.00
  • Alison Baker
    06/27/2019
    £25.00
  • Leonie Dixon
    06/27/2019
    £25.00