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Breeding Bird Survey BBS

2013-2014 was a good year for many of the UK’s birds. The latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) brought some short-term, positive news for a suite of both migratory and resident species against a backdrop of long-term declines for many, long-distance migrants in particular. The BBS Report 2014 reveals the latest short and long-term trends for 110 species, focuses on increasing coverage in the uplands and takes a look at recording how birds were first detected during the 2014 surveys. I cover the National Trusts Belton Park site as part of this survey. See http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/bbs

Barbastelle after midnight….

This bat was recorded in an abandoned industrial site near Grantham, Lincs, with a total lack of any trees and surrounded by open arable farmland. I recorded occasional common pipistrelles throughout the night (and not a lot more), then this bat appeared briefly just after midnight. Not the place you would expect to record a Barbastelle…..

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Anabat –

AnaBat Express – packed with features!

The Anabat Express is packed with features that are easy to use, I’ve now got two of these along with my Anabat SD2’s. Really quick to set up and so simple to use…

External dimensions 182 x 119 x 43 mm (7.2 x 4.7 x 1.7 inches). Weight 385 grams (13.5oz.) without batteries.

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AnaBat Express

Common Scoter off North Norfolk

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It’s easy to see the female common scoter at the back of the line. The four drakes are jet black and really stand out. I guess these birds will be heading north soon…

Schwegler 2F general purpose bat box (Near Skegness)

Today I installed a number of Schwegler 2F general purpose bat box in a woodland north of Skegness as part of a small scale bat mitigation program.

The Schwegler 2F general purpose bat box is suitable for many situations, and has proven particularly successful for Brown Long-eared Bat (Plecotus auritus). It is also the ideal starter box to see if there are bats in your area. If it is not occupied after a number of years, it is easily converted to a 2M Bird Box by simply changing the front panel.

 

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The Schwegler 2F general purpose bat box is suitable for many situations, and has proven particularly successful for Brown Long-eared Bat (Plecotus auritus).