The bats are waking up from hibernation now, and more are using the Bat House. Five species were recorded in todays survey.
Three species were using the front cellar room:
- Greater Horseshoe – have returned from their winter hibernation sites.
- Lesser Horseshoe – in the purpose build wooden chimney shaped box.
- Common (?) Pipistrelle – against a rafter, difficult to see, so may have been a Soprano
In the back rock vaulted cellar, mostly tucked up in crevices were:
- Natterer’s Bat
- Brown Long Eared
- Lesser Horseshoe – hanging free with its wings folded round it
Lesser Horseshoes were also in the west upper loft, which is only accessible from the outside and not inter-connected to the main Bat House cellars. Unusually there were using the old Chimney, as well as hanging from the ceiling netting.
See more …