Bats in the garden

Pond dipping

Pond dipping

We had a lovely evening talking about the pond, adding some more plants, sticklebacks and a dragonfly larva, setting up an overnight moth trap and bat watching and detecting. We saw and heard four species of bat this year:

A dragonfly larva gift to the pond. We have lots of dragonflies and damselflies visiting the pond and laying eggs so soon we can look out for some hatched in our pond.

A dragonfly larva gift to the pond. We have lots of dragonflies and damselflies visiting the pond and laying eggs so soon we can look out for some hatched in our pond.

  • Noctule, which is the largest we have, first to fly, high above the garden - rather like a swift - it feeds on the Light arches moths we caught in the trap.
  • Common pipestrelles - much smaller and later and lower flying (as it is getting dark) - a couple flew circuits low over the pond catching flies above our heads.
  • Serotine pair - larger than the pips and much rarer - Guy thinks there is a maternity roost in a building nearby.
  • Soprano pipestrelle - a new species for us in the garden and park.