Bat detectors at the ready

Eight families gathered on a mild Autumn evening to watch some of Richmond Park’s bats emerge after sunset. As usual the group was led by Philip Briggs of the London Bat Group. After waiting patiently under darkening skies – bat detectors at the ready – we were rewarded by the appearance of at least three species – common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bats.