Somerset Big Bat Count's Journal

September 23, 2022

Wiveliscombe Big Bat Count - 20th Sept 2022

After several postponements due to rain, we finally got a dry night, abit one that cooled off quickly.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came along:

  • 106 records of bats
  • a new common pipistrelle roost found
  • and the rescued brown long-eared bat released itself!
    Overall a very successful night.

Looking at the recordings made, common pipistrelle is by far the most abundant, but we also recorded confirmed soprano (pygmy) pipistrelles, serotine, myotis (species) and one faint lesser horseshoe recorded by the old brewery near the entrance to Yew Tree Antiques.

You can see all the results on the map on the iNaturalist website:

My sincere thanks to all, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

Somerset Bat Group

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September 15, 2022

Weds 14th Sept 2022 – GREYFIELD WOODS

A great turnout of over 20 from the High Littleton and Hallatrow Environmental Group, saw three groups log 75 bat records. Our first foray outside Somerset, this was a joint Big Bat Count with Avon Bat Group, and we were pleased the welcome their ex. chair Dave back to the bat world!

Noctules were seen straight after sunset, with common and soprano pipistrelle also frequent. Daubenton's were also seen near the Cam Brooke.

Initial results are in iNaturalist -

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August 31, 2022

Kingsdon Big Bat Count - 30Aug22

A huge thank you for making us so welcome in Kingsdon!

A warm still night meant the eight teams recorded 128 bat flight records.
Common Pipistrelles were the most abundant, followed by Soprano (Pygmy) Pipistrelles.

A first quick analysis of the recordings shows:

  • Many of the Noctules are noise files. This is common as the Noctule echolocates at the lowest frequency.
  • A lesser horseshoe bat was recorded in the far north at the edge of the woods, and not ID'ed by the detector at the time. This has been uploaded to iNaturalist as a verifiable record

A big thank you to everyone who came out and made it such an enjoyable and well organised night!

Andy and Adel

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August 17, 2022


Five teams, 11 people in total met in the George Hotel in the middle of Cary.
A warm night meant there were 80 bat records added to iNaturalist. Doubling overnight the previous number of Somerset bat records.
A Serotine roost was also spotted by Adel in the middle of town.

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