Brinkburn Bat Survey Friday 13th July
By tinawiffen, Jul 26 2018 02:32PM
Friday was our annual bat emergence count at Brinkburn Priory in the Coquet valley, a lovely site cared for by English Heritage. The Priory is known to support at least five bat species.
It was a warm, still night when 17 bat group members, including some new members, met to carry out the count. As it is a big complicated site, lots of surveyors mean we can get a much better understanding of how bats are using the Priory and as we had so much help, the Manor House was surveyed too.
The total number of bats emerging from the Priory was 365, with Daubenton’s bat and soprano pipistrelle the most numerous. Natterer’s bat, common pipistrelle and brown long-eared bat were present too. We recorded new exit points in the door canopy and from the roof, so as always, added more to our knowledge of how bats use the church. This is the highest count we have recorded for Brinkburn Priory, the next highest count was 189 bats in June 2014.
The Manor House was surveyed too, with eight exit points found, with common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and at least one Myotis bat species emerging, with a count of 16+ bats recorded.
Thanks to everyone who came and helped, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.