Batting for Bats

Posted on April 17, 2019
£1,856 raised
Goal £1,650
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Hooray! We're almost there! If we raise more than the target this will enable us to purchase further equipment and engage more volunteers in the training programme. South West London has been a haven for bats for many years, but increasingly their homes and habitats are under threat from inappropriate and potentially devastating new developments. Help your bat neighbours survive and thrive as they have for decades by helping us invest in state-of-the-art bat detecting equipment and the volunteer training needed to deploy it. We’re batty about bats, and if you are too, this is your chance to help!
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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
    On behalf of the London Bat Group
  • 07/01/2019
    Hope to see more bats around!
  • Derek Sanders
    on behalf of The Friends of Carlisle Park
  • 06/30/2019
  • charlotte haigh
  • Bats are an indicator species of the health of the environment so are vitally important
  • M E Hildesley
  • Alison Baker
  • Leonie Dixon