Witches Oak Water sightings report by Vic Bevan

Bat trapping on the reserve on the night of Friday 1st June with the Derbyshire Bat Group.

Bat trapping on the reserve on the night of Friday 1st June with the Derbyshire Bat Group as part of the UK-wide Nathusius Project yielded 4 bat species - Common and Soprano Pipistrelles, Daubenton’s Bat and, excitingly, a single female Nathusius Pipistrelle. In addition, Noctule bats were recorded on the bat detectors. Large plumes of insects were spiralling high into the sky, and were even visible on a thermal imager. Tawny owl was calling, and, something i was not previously aware of, Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warbler were all singing into the early hours of the morning!