The Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group is a volunteer group dedicated to learning about the distribution and ecology of the barbastelle, a rare species of bat, in Norfolk.
A UK and Norfolk Biodiversity Action Plan Species, the barbastelle is seen as a Norfolk speciality with a population in East Anglia that's considered to be 'highly significant in context of national distribution' (Harrington, L.A., Catto, and Hutson, A.M).
The work carried out by the group provides important data regarding the foraging and breeding habits of the barbastelle. This data provides a wealth of information to landowners, land managers, and relevant planning authorities, and therefore contributes to the overall protection of the species in the area.Research and activities carried out by our volunteers includes:
- Designing and undertaking bat surveys.
- Analysis of bat calls
- Mist netting
- Radio tracking
- Guided walks
- Delivering talks.
Harrington, L.A., Catto, C.M.C., and Hutson, A.M. (undated). The status and distribution of Barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastella) and Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii) in the UK, with recovery plans. London: Bat Conservation Trust.