We want villages and towns near roosts to be proud of their greater horseshoe residents, and to recognise their value and importance both locally and nationally, and to celebrate their presence by becoming a bat-friendly community.
Villages and towns can become accredited as a bat-friendly community by carrying out lots of different activities such as encouraging everyone to do some bat-friendly gardening, for example, building a ‘bug hotel’,or planting wildflowers to attract night pollinating moths.
We offer grants to help your bat friendly works. See the Community Bat Works Flyer. Or you can visit our downloads page for our full range of downloads and resources. Applications are considered 3 times annually until 2020.
Scroll down to see examples of the events we’ve been involved in……
Bat walks galore
A lot of bat detecting went on during the darkening September evenings – in places as varied as North Devon, East Devon, and the Teign Valley. Plenty of bats were heard using various bat detectors despite the weather getting cooler and the nights drawing in. Autumn is a busy time for bats as they feed like crazy to put on weight ready for the long winter months ahead and also it’s the mating season ahead of hibernation.
Bovey Heathfield Nature Reserve Discovery Day
Fantastic creativity from these youngsters at our bat stand in September! Lots of interest in the project and the bats. Visitors to the stand also enjoyed seeing the recorded roost footage of the babies ad mum’s in the roost this summer.
Deer Park Farm Habitat walk
Locals from Chudleigh were treated to a fascinating look at how to manage habitats for greater horseshoes to use at a guided walk which included this view of a beautiful wildflower meadow.
Buckfastleigh Fun Day
Some great bat craft creations were made at the fun day and we enjoyed meeting bat enthusiasts from Buckfastleigh. We look forward to working with the local community to make the town a ‘bat-friendly’ place to live and work.
Brixham children create a giant mural
The Artillery Room at Berry Head National Nature reserve was recently transformed into a hive of activity as children from Brixham C of E Primary School created a masterpiece based on their classroom drawings of Greater Horseshoe Bats. Local artist Helena Clews volunteered her time and expertise to ensure the idea of a mural became a reality. The mural will be in display in the Bat Beacon.