Trees, Tree Lines and Bats

Bats use trees in very specific ways. If trees have suitable cracks or hole bats may roost in them, but most trees in Glossop are not suitable for bats to live in. All the treelines in Glossop are used by bats to some extent. Very important treelines in Glossop include the one running parallel to Norfolk Street and Lord Street, which bats use to move between Manor Park and habitat in the Spire Hollin/Howard Park area and beyond. The dark treelines at Pyegrove are similarly used by bats commuting between Shire Hill and Manor Park.

Area of Glossop, particularly Shirebrook Park have lost substantial tree lines in recent decades. One of Glossop Bat Group's priorities over the winter of 2012 is likely to be documenting recent tree line loss and encouraging restoration of important commuting routes.

Of particular concern is the treeline along Glossop Brook, which should act as a commuting route for bats between Manor Park and woodland around Dinting and Simmondley, and the Hurst Brook treeline which connects habitats around the Golf Club with the major roosts at Woods Mill. Many other treelines in the town are important to bats and we are trying to collect data on their seasonal use.

Towards the end of the summer male bats of some species begin to patrol areas calling loudly, presumably to attract mates. At this time bats will often perch on particular trees and emit loud social calls. Documenting these trees is a very time consuming business and volunteers are always welcome to help