Welcome to our live bat webcam
Welcome to our bat webcam, bringing you live pictures from our bat roost at Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Discovery Centre, near Billericay.
A few years after the Nature Discovery Centre was opened, in 2000, a bat maternity roost was established in the roof. This means that every spring, pregnant females come to the roost to give birth and rear their young. The bats then all leave in the autumn, to go to their hibernation roost elsewhere.
The roost is entirely made up of soprano pipistrelle bats; tiny creatures that are about the size of an adult human thumb.
A special bat box was built in 2009 to encourage more of these fascinating mammals. In July 2019 a total count of 1786 was recorded. Of these, 534 came out of the box and the rest came from the roof of the Nature Discovery Centre. This is the largest number ever reported for a soprano pipistrelle roost as part of the Bat Conservation Trust’s National Bat Monitoring Programme. Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions we were unable to continue with the roost counts last year, so we have no records for 2020.
Thank you to Essex Bat Group for their help with this project.
Update June 2021
Unfortunately the bats have enjoyed the box too much this year and our camera is blocked with a layer of guano.
Take a look at our webcam footage from earlier in the year.