Notts Bat Group member John Parker shared some of his experiences with us and he definitely had a very busy and wild June! He kicked off the 30 days by carrying out surveys of Natterer’s bats, one of the UK’s scarcer bat species. Citizen science can be a great way to learn more about your local wildlife, try taking part in the Big Butterfly Count (19th July – 11th August) or record any hedgehog sightings on our Nottinghamshire Mammals website.
John also volunteers with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and spent a few days last month at Farndon Willow Holt Nature Reserve assisting with repairs and the removal of the invasive plant, Himalayan balsam. Volunteering with your local Wildlife Trust is another way you can help the wildlife in your area. Don’t think that this only includes the practical side of conservation, there are a whole suite of ways to support the work of the Wildlife Trusts with any skills you might have. Alternatively, you could try something you’ve never done before! Check out the volunteer roles available now.
A unique experience in John’s 30 Days Wild challenge was most certainly the rescuing of a baby pipistrelle bat. You’ll be pleased to know that this adorable pup was successfully released and picked up by its mother just a few hours later.