Mammal Survey, Bug Hotel Construction and Nest Box Installation - July 2014
On Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th July 2014 The Yorkshire Mammal Group, local RSPB Wildlife Explorers Group and Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground got together on the site. A mammal survey was conducted, bug hotel constructed and nest boxes installed.
Members of the Mammal Group set 50 traps in the Burial Ground the night before and next morning the Wildlife Explorers helped to open the traps and record the mammals caught. In total they recorded 6 Field Voles, 4 Bank Voles, 6 Common Shrews, and (remarkably) 2 Water Shrews. The latter are uncommon in the north of England and certainly weren’t expected in the Burial Ground habitat.
Click on the photograph to see a larger version. Shown, from left to right, top to bottom:
Rob Hanson (Yorkshire Mammal Group) explains to the Wildlife Explorers Group how to bait a mammal trap: seed & chopped carrot for mice & voles, house-fly pupae for the shrews.
One of the Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground installing a bird nest box made by the RSPB Wildlife Explorers Group.
Some of the Wildlife Explorers proudly display their handiwork: a bug hotel!
Ann Hanson (Yorkshire Mammal Group) introduces members of the local RSPB Wildlife Explorers Group to a bank vole.
One of the Wildlife Explorers gets up close and personal with one of the Burial Ground’s bank voles.
One of the Burial Ground’s star mammals: a Water Shrew!
More photographs can be seen here.
Bat Survey - August 2014
On the evening on Saturday 23rd August 2014 two experienced bat surveyors from the Yorkshire Mammal Group equipped with heterodyne and frequency division bat detectors surveyed the burial ground for activity from 8pm to 9.45pm (sunset was at 8.19pm). The weather was warm and dry with a slight breeze and there was a plentiful supply of midges under the trees in the cemetery.
Although no bat roosts were located in the burial ground common pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), soprano pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pygmaeus), noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) and a brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) were recorded foraging.
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