A new project is underway to find out more about the bats living in West Wiltshire, and to conserve the habitat of these important and mysterious mammals. The Batscapes Project will get local people involved in recording the bats in their neighbourhood, and a series of workshops, walks and talks will take place over the next year. The Project will also aim to work with landowners to help improve habitat for bats in the area by new planting and by management of existing hedges and woodlands to provide better foraging and commuting routes for the bats.
This area was chosen specifically because it is known to be internationally important for bats, particularly the rare greater and lesser horseshoe and Bechstein’s bats. We are currently applying for funding to help support the project.
The project was set up by the Wiltshire BAP Bats Working Group, to take forward the West Wiltshire Biodiversity priority area. The project partners include: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Wiltshire and Swidnon Biological Records Centre, Natural England, Wiltshire Council, Johns Associates and the Cotswold Water Park Society. For more information contact us using the email box below.
The focus of this working group is currently the delivery of the West Wiltshire Batscapes Project, more imformation is available apon request.