National Bat Monitoring in Somerset

BCT have issued updated advice regarding which NBMP surveys can be undertaken this year. The summary for Somerset is on our website, with the full updated advice on the BCT website.

Each year many members of the Somerset Bat Group take part in the National Bat Monitoring Program run by the Bat Conservation Trust.  The group currently has a vacancy for the role of the groups NBMP Champion, click here for details of the role.

Over the past years SBG members have contributed much time and effort to collect data for the following national programs:

Sunset-Sunrise Survey – April to Sept

Anyone can take part in these, and everyone is encouraged to!  Taking part in the Sunset-Sunrise Survey couldn’t be simpler, you don’t need any equipment or experience and you may not even need to leave your back garden! Simply spend the hour after sunset and/or the hour before sunrise in your garden or local open space and look for any bats or other nocturnal animals you can spot.
You can carry out your survey anytime from April to September. This period is when bats are most active.
Between June and August is the best time to see them swarming as they return to the roost.

  • You will need:  Survey form, Pencil/pen, Torch, Watch

NBMP Roost Counts – June

Counting the numbers of bats emerging from roosts at sunset on two evenings during the summer survey period (mostly June).  Lots of opportunities to help survey existing roosts, or take on a new one.

NBMP Field Survey – July

Monitoring a randomly allocated 1km square on two evenings in July.   There are several survey routes up for grabs.

Bats in Churches – July

One thousand  priority churches have been randomly selected for this study.  The BCT need help to survey as many as possible over the next four years (2019-2022). Find out more and take part this July.

British Bat Survey – July/August

The British Bat Survey utilises the latest developments in bat detector design,  automated call recognition and interactive volunteer feedback to provide an unparalleled level of detail about our resident bat species.   The 2019 pilot of the British Bat Survey is been undertaken in the South West.

NBMP Waterway Survey – August

Recording how Daubenton’s bat populations are doing by walking a route along a 1km stretch of water randomly allocated on two visits in August.  Lots of opportunities to get involved 

Surveys undertaken by experienced and licenced Bat workers

NBMP Hibernation Survey

Experienced bat workers count bats in hibernation roosts in January and February each year.   Click to see results

NBMP Woodland Survey

Monitoring Barbastelles at sites designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)

National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Survey

This project aims to determine the resident status, breeding status and migratory origins of Nathusius’ pipistrelle in Great Britain

NBMP Annual Results and Reports

Every year a NBMP Annual Report is produced, presenting species population trends based on data from the previous summer.  The report is available here.