Dereham Ladies Circle Go Batty!!
Well... Ladies Circle is meant to be all about trying new things and one of Dereham and District's recent events was certainly a first for us. We managed to secure "Batman" for the evening... no, not the one with the mask and cape - but an enthusiastic member of the Norwich Bat Group called Sam Phillips.
As it was May half term, we let the kids come too and all met up at the University of East Anglia Broad. It was a beautiful evening and as we waited for dusk Sam explained some of the bat species that were living in the area, showed us some preserved bats and talked about how their conformation helps them to roost upside-down and how they capitalise on their enhanced senses to see and hear, and also how echo-location helps them to detect insects to eat.
Armed with our bat monitors (which pick up the echo-location sounds likened to a clicking sound) we started our intrepid walk around the UEA Broad. We didn’t have to wait long for our first sighting and throughout the evening we recorded four different species: noctules, common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and Dubenton's bats – all zooming in and around the water feeding on insects.
The great thing is that bats do not mind torchlight or noise so we were free to chat, gasp and let out the occasional unguarded scream as the bats flitted across our vision! Much thanks to Sam… it was a very educational night for all and we were pleased to donate £50 to the Norwich Bat Group to help further their conservation work for this endangered species.
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