Future looking rosier for East Devon’s bats

PUBLISHED: 09:01 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 30 August 2016

Roosting greater horseshoe bats. Photo: John J Kaczanow.

Roosting greater horseshoe bats. Photo: John J Kaczanow.


Bats in East Devon should see a better future thanks to the generous response to a Devon Wildlife Trust fundraising appeal – but more support is needed for the target to be met.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project works to secure the future of one of Europe’s rarest bats – and the wildlife-rich farmland and woodland they rely on. The project works around several key maternity roosts in Devon including one near Southleigh and another near Branscombe.

Staff from the bat project, which is led by Devon Wildlife Trust working in partnership with local organisations such as East Devon AONB, identified £26,000 of funding required for work to improve bat roost sites.

After the first month, the Homes for Bats appeal had reached 80 per cent of that target, leaving £4,800 still to raise.

Donations can be made online at www.devonwildlifetrust.org/homes-for-bats-appeal or by phoning Devon Wildlife Trust on 01392 279244.

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