Scilly’s Bat Group Holding Series Of Events

Mike and Ann Gurr of the Scilly Bat Group

Mike and Ann Gurr of the Scilly Bat Group

Scilly’s Bat Group is hosting a series of events to encourage islanders and visitors to look out for the protected mammals this week.

There will be talks at the Church Pavilion today and tomorrow morning, as well as a bat walk at 9pm this evening from the same venue.

There’s been an increase in the number of known roosts in the past year with bats being found at Tresco’s St Nicholas Church, at properties in Trenoweth and at Holy Vale.

The Bat Group placed two different bat boxes side-by-side at the Banfield’s property and Secretary Mike Gurr says its fascinating that signs of bat activity were found in one box but the creatures seemed not to like the second housing.

More bat boxes are available for anyone interested in placing one.

Mike says the group’s AGM will also report on the take-up of report cards, which have been placed at the TIC and some guesthouses, and ask people to record sightings of bats on beaches.

Mike says he was informed of sightings on St Agnes only yesterday.

This morning’s meeting will offer greater detail on how technology can be used to identify the type of bat found.

The group has used detectors tuned to the frequency bats used to communicate but Mike says expert Phillip Briggs of the Bat Conservation Trust will explain how computer analysis can be used to help the group more in the future.