Due to the global covid-19 pandemic, Urban Bat Project surveys are now being undertaken under new risk assessments and survey protocols incorporating social distancing, PPE and equipment handling. We are still doing the science, but with masks on. 😉
Urban biodiversity gets a bad rap. A pervasive assumption persists that there simply isn’t the diversity or abundance of wildlife in the urban fringe compared to the countryside. This assumption leads to a lack of biological recording effort in favour of ‘better’ sites, and a persistent under-estimation of species richness and diversity, as well as a skewed picture of distribution.
Since 2018, the Urban Bat Project (a PhD research project at the University of Wolverhampton) has been cataloguing the assemblages of urban fringe woodlands, monitoring the movements of bats along our urban waterways and taking DNA samples of bats to investigate relatedness of bat populations across the conurbation of Birmimgham and the Black Country.
To find all this out, we undertake advanced bat surveys (mist netting and harp trapping) to catch, identify, assess, measure and release our wild, urban bats under research project licences from Natural England.