Two bat species discovered on Clapham common
The first bat survey on Clapham Common in more than 30 years has discovered two species of the creature.
The wet conditions on Wednesday, September 11, did not prevent 75 people going along for the Friends of Clapham Common bat walk on the common.
Dr Iain Boulton, from Lambeth Council, gave the brave souls an introduction to bats and demonstrated how to use the Anabat detectors, used to track the bats.
After a quiet first hour an excited cry apparently went up when a small group of Common Pipistrelle bats was spotted circling the large trees on Mount Pond island.
Unfortunately attendees were not able to hear the bats echolocating (the call they use for navigation, foraging and hunting) because it wa snto dark enough.
Adrienne van Heteren, of the Friends, said she identified a Daubenton's bat, a species known for foraging over open water - and if correct this would be a first on Clapham Common.
Melanie Oxley, chair of Friends of Clapham Common said: "We are delighted to have found bats on Clapham Common.
"The last survey took place in the 1980s and so we are very pleased to have evidence that there are still bats living on the Common.
"It was really very uplifting to see so many new faces and such a lot of excitement."
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