A collection of wildlife photographs

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Bats 2016/2017

These photos are of bats recorded across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex in 2016 and 2017 on harp trapping surveys, and bat box checks. All bat surveys were completed under suitable Natural England licence. The species recorded on these surveys comprised: 
Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus
Nathusius' Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii
Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus
Daubenton's Bat Myotis daubentonii
Natterer's Bat Myotis nattereri
Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus
Noctule Nyctalus noctula, and 
Leisler's Bat Nyctalus leisleri

Some bat boxes contained no bats but evidence of bats in the form of bat droppings was found. Blue Tits seem to also like to nest in the Schwegler 2F boxes. The Serotine Eptesicus serotinus was in care and was shown on a bat ecology course.

Nathusius' Pipistrelle
Nathusius' Pipistrelle being ringed as part of research with the Nathusius' Pipistrelle project
Brown Long-eared Bat
Broad wing of Barbastelle
Daubenton's Bat
Natterer's Bat
Noctule in breeding condition showing buccal glands

Leisler's Bat

Leisler's Bat

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Orchids in Cambridgeshire

Now its June, the grasslands are in flower. We have found a variety of orchids and other characteristic species amongst calcareous grasslands in the last few weeks.

Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa
Common Twayblade Neottia ovata

Man Orchid Orchis anthropophora
Man Orchid is listed as endangered on the vascular plant red data list for Great Britain. it grows here adjacent to Woolly Thistle Cirsium eriophorum.

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera
Red Bartsia Odontites vernus
Common Milkwort Polygala vulgaris
Cowslip Primula veris
Hound's-tongue Cynoglossum officinale
 Hound's-tongue is listed as near threatened under the vascular plant red data list for Great Britain. The other plants here are of least concern.

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