‘Bat Beacons’ contained displays and information about the bat project and were a great way to let people know about our project. two of these were permanent and are still available to visit (we recommend that you check with the venue first to make sure the Bat Beacon is open).
Permanent Bat Beacons
The Bat Beacon was originally located in the Nature Centre, a short walk from the main buildings. It may be changing location for 2021, so please contact their Visitor Centre on 01395 573005 if you plan to visit. Visiting the bat beacon is a great day out as the Donley Sanctuary has many attractions – the donkeys of course, but also wonderful walks including a specially developed bat trail walk. This trail and other scan be found on the downloads page of this website.
At The Donkey Sanctuary, the land is managed to improve habitats for wildlife. Woodland, hedges, ponds, gardens, meadows and buildings provide roost sites and foraging grounds to many bat species, and greater horseshoe bats eat dung beetles which live in donkey dung.
The Bat Beacon is located in the old Artillery Store near the main Visitor Centre (which also contains a café). Before your visit please check on 01803 882619 for details of opening times.
Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is home to rare greater horseshoe bats, as well as the UK’s most southerly guillemot colony. A variety of rare or threatened flora and fauna are found here. The headland is occupied by ancient monuments with some of the UK’s best-preserved Napoleonic fortifications.
During the project we also created three mobile beacons which included displays as well as an interactive touchscreen. They were designed to spend a few weeks or months in suitable venues open to the public. They varied in size to suit different spaces and could be used together or separately. After the project end (Janaury 2020), some of the displays will continue to be in use around different parts of the county such as Braunton Countryside Centre, Stover Country Park and Beer, East Devon.
Two exhibitions were created for display at various venues, with the themes of greater horseshoe bats and predators/prey.