We are really happy to welcome Charlotte (Charly) Mead to our Bat Research Group at MMU. Charlotte is an MSc student and will be studying the effect of wing tears on flight behaviour for her project. She had a great start to her project by presenting her ideas, and our first results, at the Mammal Society Conference this weekend. We had lots of interest and also managed to hand out about 50 bat packs to interested carers too.
If you would like to help Charly with her project, we would love to hear from you. We would love to film healthy bats and those recovering from tears. All we need is a room larger than 2.5 metres long. Please do email us if you would like to help, and then the bat team with Charly, can come along to film, and also share our videos with you. We have a high-tech, high-speed filming set-up (see post below) and we can measure wing angles, speeds, symmetry and body orientation.
We have the first results from our filming at Lower Moss Wood and it seems that the body orientation of bats with tears is clearly altered, and they also move their wings less, and less often. However, these are just our preliminary findings. With some more samples from Charly's study, we hope to really understand the effect of wing tears on flight.
Please do let us know if you would like more details, or would like to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org