Every year, South Lancs Bat Group check the bat boxes at Reddisher Woods near Bury to see whether there is any evidence of bat usage. Apparently, this is quite a reliable site, with bat droppings if not actual bats found most years. Just not this year. We slipped and slid over muddy slopes to be rewarded with a few birds’ nests and woodlice. Boo. Next winter’s check is on 24th November 2013 – it’s already in my diary, see you there ?