The success of the project relied on people across Devon getting involved. Volunteers made a real difference by helping with a variety of activities such as;

  • helping to make their local community a bat-friendly place to live
  • taking part in bat surveys
  • analysing bat data
  • giving talks/leading walks
  • helping at events
  • coming on practical conservation days to learn new skills.

Scroll down to see examples of the activities volunteers were involved with.

Bat walks

People learn to love about the secretive life of bats. The project offered training to lead a bat walk, either in the evening using bat detectors, or in the daytime to show people great countryside for bats

Practical conservation

Hedgelaying – events like this one at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, allowed people to learn new skills whilst improving habitats for bats. A well-managed hedge is home to so many insects; and therefore a good spot for bats to fly along and find their prey.


Events are a great opportunity to tell people all about the project, with displays and craft activities.

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