Did you know that The Pinewoods is home to a large family of Pipistrelles bats! A number of bat boxed were placed in the woods a number of years ago and are inspected by a licensed bat handler at least annually.
Actual numbers have remained steady at just over 20 being found within the various bat boxes and are now seen as permanent residents. These bats are accepted by HM Government as an environment performance indicator and are a protected species.
The colony will hopefully soon be added to the Bat Conservation Trust “Big Bat Map” at http://www.bigbatmap.org/?action=sightings. More information on bats in North Yorkshire can be found via http://www.nybats.org.uk.