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.
Anonymous07/01/2019On behalf of the London Bat Group londonbats.org.uk£300.00
Derek Sanders06/30/2019on behalf of The Friends of Carlisle Park£50.00
M E Hildesley06/28/2019£50.00