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Read about how people from all walks of life have supported the Bat Project. You might be inspired to get involved in your local area.

COMMUNITY CASE STUDY

Name

Tessa Frost, community volunteer in Chudleigh 

What is your involvement?

I’m a member of Chudleigh Wild, a group of local residents who want to share and enthuse others with their passion for wildlife! I’ve been supporting the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project since it started. With the support of Chudleigh Town council and Teignbridge District Council, we applied for BatWorks funding and created a bat friendly garden in Chudleigh. This showcases the best wildflowers that will attract the night flying insect prey of the bats. We are proud of our specially commissioned bat bench! We also held ‘bioblitz’ surveys to find out more about wildlife in our area, as well as bat walks to spot bats. I helped to develop the 2 Bat Trail walks around the town so that people can see excellent bat habitats for themselves.

Why you are involved and what do you get out of it?

I want our local area to be full of biodiversity for future generations to enjoy. With an important roost of greater horseshoe bats on our doorstep, it’s vital that we do what we can as a community to protect these amazing creatures. Our bat garden and new information board is a great way of letting everyone know about the bats. It gives people ideas about how they can help. When the bat project comes to an end, it will then be our responsibility as a community to continue this essential work. I would love it if everybody in the town was doing their own bat friendly gardening. Think what a difference we could make by all doing our bit!

Further information

Visit the Chudleigh Bat garden at at the corner of Rock road (opposite Glenspray)
Walk the 2 bat trails around Chudleigh;

Bat trail-4.5 miles-Chudleigh

Bat trail-1.5 miles-Chudleigh

LANDOWNER CASE STUDY

Name

Jim Palmer, Luscombe Farm

Background

Farm Adviser, Anna David, met Mr Palmer when she visited Luscombe Farm in South Devon (which is less than 1 km from a maternity roost).
After 6o years of dairy farming, the last of the dairy herd had been after numerous years of TB cases.
Mr Palmer was preparing to start a beef herd to replace the dairy herd. After seeing the farm, it was clear that there was potential for a countryside stewardship agreement. This would allow him to farm in an a more environmentally sympathetic way. With Anna’s advice and support (particularly about habitat management for bats) a successful application was made.

Jim, why you are involved and what do you get out of it?

If it wasn’t for the Bat Project I would never have entered into Higher Tier Stewardship. It is only because of this that I have changed my use of wormers to ensure Avermectins are no longer used on the fields used by the Greater Horseshoe Bat. This means that there are now plenty of dung beetles, which in turn are excellent prey for bats.

Working with the bat project has really improved my understanding of greater horseshoe bats, what they need and why my farm is so important for them.

Further information

Information for landowners

Management guide – Parasite Management in Livestock

PARTNER CASE STUDY

Name

Dave Edgcumbe, Project Officer – North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

What is your involvement?

The bat project gave the AONB a great opportunity for to tell members of the public about bats and nature conservation. We have done this with public events and installing interpretation about greater horseshoe bats.

As a direct result of the project, our AONB supported the development of two community led projects, through our Sustainable Development Fund.

Working closely with two groups, we developed an Audio Trail (in conjunction with Braunton Countryside Centre). We installed a dedicated bat information point/viewing area on a small parish local nature reserve on Braunton Beacon. The Beacon is owned and managed by the Parish Council. As an added bonus, both projects involved the use of local contractors to help delivery.

Why you are involved and what do you get out of it?

The project has not only raised awareness of the importance of the bats, it has raised the profile of our AONB organisation as well.

The 2 Bat Trail walks we developed promote important areas around Braunton by encouraging people to explore areas of the North Devon Coast AONB and Heritage Coast.

The bat project’s Advisory Officers have given advice to local landowners by the bat project. This in turn has encouraged them to carry out activities which help deliver the landscape and conservation objectives of the AONB.

As a direct result of the project, we developed and implemented a popular programme of Bat Walks. The success of these has led to  further walks on other parts of the AONB. All walks have been well attended by the public.

In helping to deliver the project, we have strengthened our links to community organisations, such as Braunton Countryside Centre, Combe Martin Museum and Braunton Parish Council.

Further information

North Devon AONB website

Bat trail-Braunton Walk 1

Bat trail- Braunton Walk 2

 

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