New evidence from the UK has proved that tiny bats can and do cross the sea from Britain to mainland Europe. A thumb-sized Nathusius pipistrelle originally ringed in the UK has been recovered dead almost 600km away by bat researchers in the Netherlands. Because these tiny bats, which weigh just 6-15 grammes, are too small to carry satellite tracking tags often fitted to … [Read more...] about Tiny bat makes incredible migration across the North Sea
Pros: Very solid, well made detector that feels like a quality item in the hand. Large array of controls and options offer lots of customisation and tweaks for the discerning enthusiast or bat research professional. Very sensitive microphone picks up bats with ease. High quality speaker, dials and excellent backlit LCD display. Tuneable heterodyne detector great for listening … [Read more...] about Pettersson D240X Bat Detector Review
Elekon BatScanner Short Review Pros: Simple to use -- just point and listen. Compact design ideal to slip in a pocket. Good sound quality and excellent microphone sensitivity. Scans across all frequencies so never miss a passing bat. Cons: Screw-on battery compartment cover would make changing batteries in the field a pain; a wrist strap would be a handy addition, and a … [Read more...] about Bat Detector Review: Elekon Batscanner
The internationally protected Lesser Horseshoe Bat has been granted a reprieve in County Clare after Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, intervened in a controversial council zoning decision. Reports indicate that the Minister took the unprecedented move of issuing a “notice of intent” directing the council to change the Clare Local Area Plan it … [Read more...] about Bats reprieved as minister intervenes in Clare County Council zoning fiasco
It was Monday night. I sat half-watching a painful American TV show (just because it was on) and half-reading the latest updates to the Ireland’s Wildlife page on Facebook, when a movement outside caught my eye. The long stretch in the evening meant that while it wasn’t exactly light it wasn’t really dark either. I could still see quite clearly; mostly I could see that there … [Read more...] about Batty about Irish bats!