TL5473 : Bat hibernaculum, Kingfishers Bridge

taken 10 months ago, 3 km from Barway, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Bat hibernaculum, Kingfishers Bridge
Bat hibernaculum, Kingfishers Bridge
From the website LinkExternal link : "Kingfishers Bridge has a huge abundance of night-flying insects as in evidenced by our moth trapping. This is essential food for insectivorous bats. We have therefore pioneered an artificial summer bat-roost, providing an even temperature and optimum warmth for breeding conditions. We have also constructed a specially designed bat cave for their winter roosting. This cave hibernaculum was built with funding from the National Lottery. Daubenton's Bats, Long-eared Brown Bats, Natterer's Bats and two Pipistrelle species have been recorded here in our annual census of these rarely-seen mammals."
Kingfishers Bridge Nature Reserve

Since 1995 the Kingfishers Bridge Project has transformed 300 acres of arable farmland into a mosaic of wildlife habitats. Where tractors once cultivated the soil to grow potatoes and cereals there are now meadows with hundreds of wintering wildfowl, reedbeds with nesting Marsh Harriers and limestone cliffs with breeding Sand Martins and Kingfishers.
The project, which was started by private initiative, has many special features. It benefits from various water sources including clear clean water seeping from a limestone ridge which lies adjacent to the site. Water levels are carefully managed for optimum wildlife benefit with the use of banks, ditches and sluices which ensure none is wasted.
Reedbed, fen, mere, ditches, ponds, islands, meadows, scrapes and cliffs have all been created, each with the special features needed to attract a variety of species. For instance the reedbed has open pools, some deep water, an extensive ditch system and variable water depth to attract species such as Bittern. It has also been stocked with fish and small eels to ensure a good food supply is available.
Since 1995 over 300 plant taxa have been recorded, most of which have colonised naturally. A few have needed some help. Water Germander had declined in Eastern England to just 12 plants, all of which were here at Kingfishers Bridge.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 November, 2020   (more nearby)
Friday, 27 November, 2020
Geographical Context
Flat landscapes 
Primary Subject of Photo
Animal Home 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5472 7311 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.0557N 0:16.1606E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5470 7310
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Nature Reserve  Hibernaculum  Bats Habitat  Chiroptera 

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