31st May 2017 – Bat detecting

IMG_0528 Today marks a year of going wild. A year of blogging. So, I wanted to do something a bit special. The kids stayed up after bedtime and we switched off the Leaders Debate to go up to the local community woodland, where we watched an unspectacular sunset, listening to Song Thrushes and Blackbirds, whilst Gulls and Geese flew back towards the estuary.

We ventured into the dark woods to see if we could spot any Foxes, which I am pretty sure live nearby. Despite tiptoeing, we nevertheless disturbed some Woodpigeons, which clapped into the sky. We heard what sounded like the bark of a fox, but saw nothing. We wandered back up to the grassland, where Slugs were coming out in force. E decided to go ‘fishing’ for them with a long grass stem, whilst Izzy scared the life out of B by tickling his ear with grass.IMG_0535

As the sky grew blacker, we switched the bat detector to 45KHz and headed home. I managed to pick up some chattering bats in a likely-looking tree, but I was starting to worry that we wouldn’t actually see any, when one suddenly zoomed over our heads. The kids were delighted. We saw quite a few bats (most likely Common Pipistrelles) as we walked home. There were 2 bats flittering around our house when we arrived and I wouldn’t be surprised if they roost in our roof. Another, bigger bat, probably a Brown Long-eared, joined them for a while. We stood and watched them, listening to their clicks and raspberries on the detector, before persuading the kids that it was time for bed.

Total wild time – about 1 hour 30 mins