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Our bat population at Kelling Heath

Kelling Heath is blessed with a high quality habitat that the Park protects and enhances with benefits to humans and wildlife, especially our bat population.



The following survey was undertaken by Carl Brooker in August 2017 to determine the various species of bats that are present at Kelling Heath.
Further information for individual visits can be found on the following link. 

The total number of recordings per night:

  • 15 August 2017 - 1,715
  • 17 August 2017 - 3,086

Bat species detected:
Our provisional analysis of the recordings detected the following species. The numbers relate to the number of bat passes rather than the number of individual bats.

Species Total number of passes (all nights)

  • Barbastelle 5
  • Brown long-eared bat 41
  • Common pipistrelle 587
  • Daubenton’s bat4
  • Leisler’s bat 2
  • Natterer’s bat 49
  • Noctule 6
  • Serotine 62
  • Soprano pipistrelle 1292

Below are details of recordings that could not be assigned with confidence to a single species.
Species Total number of passes (all nights)

  • Leisler’s bat or Noctule 3
  • Myotis species13
  • Pipistrelle species 240

Pipistrelle species = this refers to a recording of a bat in the genus Pipistrellus that cannot be identified to species. In the UK, possible species include Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle and Nathusius’ Pipistrelle.
Myotis species = this refers to a recording of a bat in the genus Myotis that cannot be identified with confidence to species. In the UK this includes Natterer’s, Daubenton’s, Whiskered, Brandt’s, Alcathoe bat and Bechstein’s bat.
Provisional analysis also detected possible songs of 1 bush-cricket species.


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