Braunton – Bat Viewing Platform Opens to Visitors
Through our BatWorks grant scheme, we have helped to fund a bat viewing platform in Braunton, where greater horseshoe bats can be seen flying past on their way to and from the roost. Other support for this came from North Devon Coast AONB and the Tarka Country Trust.
The viewing platform complements the two new ‘bat trails’ through the town, and a new audio pen trail has been developed alongside the trails to tell people the story of the bats and the town using the voices of local people.
Dave Edgcombe, North Devon AONB, said ‘The audio pens will be available to borrow from the Braunton Countryside Centre and will take you on a tour of the town, encompassing a visit to the viewing platform, which is located on West Hill.’
Project Manager Ruth Testa said: ‘We hope that by providing space for people to see these bats up close in their natural environment it will inspire them to take action to protect them. Funding for this project has been provided by both the National Lottery and the Disney Conservation Fund, and without them we would not be able to help community projects like this one’.
Tracey Lovell, Braunton Parish Council added that ‘The funding provided by the bat project, the AONB and the Tarka Country Trust has allowed us to create a fabulous viewing platform which allows the people of Braunton to get closer to nature. It also helps to enhance what we have on offer at the West Hill Nature Area.’