Always a treat to visit Marbury 🙂 See my many previous posts on bats at this site here, here, here, here and here. I should probably just make a special page for this particular park, as I will definitely be visiting Marbury again soon in search of more batty fun. I’ll keep this brief to save repeating myself – we were out of luck this time as no Nathusius pipistrelles were found in the spring batbox check BUT the ringing licence hadn’t arrived from Natural England yet anyway so we wouldn’t have been able to give them any bling if we had found any, which would have been more than mildly annoying. So perhaps it was for the best.
The final tally was 22 soprano pipistrelles spread across 3 batboxes – all female and at least some pregnant – plus 1 noctule and 1 unidentified escapee which evaded capture.
South Lancs Bat Group and Cheshire Bat Group are teaming up again this year to harp trap at sites in Cheshire to look for Nathusius pipistrelles so watch this space for more Marbury-based adventures.