Landowners & Bats
Landowners who carry out sensitive countryside management can really improve the feeding areas and habitats for greater horseshoe bats.
Our Advisory Officers completed hundreds of farm visits. They also held a varied programme of farm workshops. These were designed to show how the project could provide support to landowners during the project, for example by giving offer advice on Stewardship schemes.
The priority areas were Avon Valley/Harbertonford, Berry Head, Bovey Tracey, Branscombe/Southleigh, Braunton, Buckfastleigh, Chudleigh, Dartmouth, Gunnislake.
View and download our Management Guides by visiting the downloads page. These contain advice and information about how to manage a range of habitats to help bats.
Bat Works grant scheme
Many landowners benefitted from this small grant fund offered by the bat project (up to £2,000 per project). The funds allowed them to carry out works to benefit bats, such as orchard restoration, hedgeplanting and wildflower meadow creation
Read all about a BatWorks project in the Avon Valley here.
Out on the farm
Greater horseshoes rely on cattle-grazed pastures, diverse grasslands, networks of hedgerows and broadleaved woodlands – all created and managed by farmers.
The project supported farmers by offering free farm visits in key greater horseshoe areas to discuss management including:
- Countryside Stewardship agreements (Higher and Middle Tier, capital grants)
- Effective parasite management – cultural and chemical systems, faecal egg counts, natural anthelmintics
- Grazing links schemes – putting together graziers and landowners
- Use of volunteers to help with practical management tasks
- Developing links with your local community – schools and community visits
- Small capital works where other schemes aren’t available
- General support and advice
The project ran 115 habitat management workshops as well as 15 on woodland management. These focused on different elements of management appropriate to greater horseshoes.