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Getting Batty

Hethersett residents are being invited to become bat detectors. 

A number of bat monitoring centres have been set up across Norfolk including Hethersett Library where bat detecting equipment can be borrowed. 

Recent advances in technology have made it easier to capture the sound of bats and detect which species exist in which areas. Local people are being urged to borrow the equipment and survey a 1 km square area which will be used as part of a county-wide survey organised by The British Trust for Ornithology and funded jointly by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and Natural England. 

Dr Stuart Newson, BTO Senior Research Ecologist and Project Manager for Norwich Bat Group said: 

“It is really exciting to have an opportunity to work in partnership with Hethersett library to help our understanding of bats in the county. This is a real opportunity for local people to take part and find out what bats are present in their area. 

Hethersett Library manager Jennie Hoult welcomed the chance to take part: "Quite a few libraries are taking part and we are really pleased to have been asked and to be part of a survey as the bat is a protected species and we had no idea there were so many types in Britain. It will be really good to know the results," she said.

The bat monitors can be borrowed for three nights and returned on the fourth day. You do not have to be a library member to borrow them. Anybody interested can book themselves a 1 km square online and then put the monitor in three different places over the three nights in that square. The information is then put onto a memory card and downloaded to give data.

More information is available from Hethersett Library on 01603 810188 or on the website