You wouldn’t associate Bats with the cast of a soap opera but some of the nightime shenanigans in the cemetery aren’t too far removed.
The Bats, for most of the year live separate lives, living in separate roosts. The males are based upriver in the upper dale whilst the females are roosting 20 miles downriver in the local cemetery. John Altringham and his team want to know more about the movements of Bats between these two locations by attaching microchips to several individuals so that their movements can be tracked.
In our last report we met a decidedly cute and endearing male from the top of the dale, while John was attaching a tiny microchip that would allow us to log him in and out of the roosts. Would he and the other upper dale males trek the 20 miles or so down the valley to get together with the graveyard girls - the females whose nursery roost is in the cemetery at Ilkley?
The latest data that has been analysed shows that the female Bats have been moving between roosts in an attempt to find a location with suitable temperatures and, over the next few months, we will keep you updated with the comings and goings of these Bats through the cemetery gates at Ilkley.
Last report: Tracking Daubenton's Bats