New Swift and Bat groups

We have well established groups for monitoring our village birds, butterflies and bees.  We now have a bat group and a swift group.

 Co-ordinator  for the Bat Group Pam Wells writes:
“The Bat Group is a new departure for Addingham, my partner Malcolm and myself. We have lived in the village for some time and each year during the summer months, have seen bats flitting amongst the trees in the dusk. Our greater interest began after meeting Maggie Brown from the West Yorkshire Bat Group at the AEG’s annual environment weekend in the Memorial Hall last year.
 During the last few months Malcolm has been involved in local wildlife surveys, and it was during a conversation with Rick that Malcolm and I agreed to form a local bat group on the clear understanding that we are not experts – far from it –  but we are learning as much as we can with a great deal of welcome advice from Maggie, a real bat expert in Otley.
 
We have been delighted by the response to the group and it is encouraging to discover the amount of interest and potential involvement of so many people. Hopefully, before too long, we will be able to meet together and discuss how we would like the group to progress.
Meanwhile, Malcolm has put together an interactive map on which we’re recording our sightings, just click on this link https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1jYeL9q–Jww_QYlzARszD4g6DNQ0sGe_&usp=sharing. Why not join us in the group so that we can add your sightings? It doesn’t matter at all if you don’t know the species, every record is immensely valuable in helping us to build a picture of our local bat population.
I am learning as much as I can about bats in general. In July we will be getting our bat detector and aim to visit various bat haunts as indicated by the map and discover the different species we have in the locality. We’d love to hear from you if you would like to join the group, just drop an email to aeg@addingham.info and we’ll be in touch”
“Our wonderful bat photograph is from”  http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/?s=bats.

 We also have a new Swift Group co-ordinated by Jessica Penrose.
Every spring we look forward to the return of our swifts.  They were back from Africa on schedule this year at the beginning of May.  Hopefully they are now having a successful breeding season here in the village.  Nationally swifts have declined by about 50% since 1995 so we need to do all we can to take care of our Addingham populations for the relatively short time they are with us.
One of the most important things is to make sure their regular nesting sites are available when they return and are then not disturbed during the nesting season.  But where are the sites?  We know there are some nests in the eaves in Victoria Terrace but we’d like to identify all the others.  If you’re interested in swifts and would like to help please email aeg@addingham.info and we’ll put you in touch with Jess.

Addingham Civic Society