I have just seen the first bat of the year, it was flying over the cemetery at the back of my flat. Unfortunately it was just too dark for taking photos, I would really like to find out which species it was, so a quick description. It was flying in roughly clockwise circles at about 12 to 15 m above the ground, actively hunting, wing span approximately 20 to 25 cm, the body appeared dark, I didn’t see any light patches on the body. First seen at 19:15. It was probably Pipistrellus pipistrellus or Pipistrellus pygmaeus, my thanks to Dr Stuart Smith of the Lothian Bat Group, for the identification.
The old saying has it that “One swallow doesn’t make a summer”, but having just seen two pass the kitchen window I am hoping that this is the start of spring!