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greater horseshoe bat flying
greater horseshoe bat flying
greater horseshoe bat flying

Thank you for visiting the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project website. Sadly, this fantastic project has come to an end, but its legacy remains. Farms, schools and communities involved with the project will continue to help their local bat populations. The data gathered by the survey is now being put to practical use developing software which should mean local authorities and planners can minimise the impacts of building development on bats.

Although this website will no longer be updated, there are lots of fantastic resources, activities and bat information for you to enjoy reading and downloading. Whether you are a school, community group, landowner or planner you will find something of interest. For up-to-date information about the project please visit


As darkness falls, Devon’s large night-time predator sets out to feed. Dozens and even hundreds leave their roosts following hedges, through the fields, looking for prey.

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Watch bats – live in the roost!

See what’s happening in a South Devon maternity roost – try and spot the young pups. Active between June and September.

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The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

Bat Facts

Explore our bat fact cave & find out why it’s a species worth saving. Discover how they navigate in the dark, what they like to eat & why a dung beetle is one of their favourite snacks

What We Did

This project aimed to educate people about bats & why they’re so important to our ecosystem.

Get Involved

Find out more about how you can make a difference to your local environment in these various areas by contacting these local organisations & community groups.

Bat Videos



Archive News

Bat Chat Podcast

Listen to Helen Parr from the Bat Project talking bats on this podcast from Bat Conservation Trust Check out the trailers below for a sneak preview!

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Farewell from the Bat Project

After five enjoyable and successful years, we are sad to announce that the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project has now ended. It’s been a privilege to meet and work with so many people across Devon. Thank you all on behalf of the whole team for all those who have supported the project over the years,…

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Bat Team update – Covid 19

Bat Team update – Covid 19 In accordance with Government advice and to safeguard staff, volunteers, visitors and the general public, Devon Wildlife Trust has had to make some changes to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This means that some staff, including the Bat Project Team, have been furloughed at the present time. Devon…

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Devon Bat Survey is back! Thanks to @DBRCnews, this Devon-wide citizen science project will be continued this year, looking at bats in the #SaveDevonsTrees project core areas. Join the survey and discover which bats live in your area 👉 📷Tom Marshall

About a year ago from Devon Bat Project's Twitter via Twitter Web App