Devon Bat Survey Walk and Research Talk in the Tamar Valley

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(c) Frank Greenaway

Join members of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project team later this month, for a late afternoon walk and evening talk in the Tamar Valley to hear the latest findings on the research being carried out into these wonderful nocturnal creatures. You are welcome to one or both events to suit you.

Domnhall Finch will talk about landscape connectivity and discuss how predictive modelling can be used to look at the potential impacts of barriers and loss of hedges on the movement of bats. This work includes research carried out with volunteers in the Tamar Valley.

Anna David will then provide an update from the Bat Project on their work in the Tamar Valley.

Anna says, “We’ve been delighted with the response from volunteers in the Tamar Valley AONB area. The Bat Detectors have been booked solidly from May through to October and we are looking forward to seeing where exactly the bats have been detected.

Anna continues, ”This vital monitoring will help us to improve the habitat for the greater horseshoes to help ensure their survival in this area in the future”.

Lesley Strong from the Tamar Valley AONB team, one of the Project partners, is looking forward to finding out more; “Through our work with the Bat Project, we have discovered a great deal about the importance of these special bats, and I’m interested in finding out what more we can do in the Tamar Valley to help protect them”.

The talk will take place on Monday 23rd October, 7:30pm – 9pm (tea/coffee at 7pm) at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake.

A walk along the new Bat Trail will take place prior to the talk, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, which will show why hedges are so important for the greater horseshoe bats that live in this beautiful area. A soup & bread supper will be served at 6:30pm for those attending both the walk and talk.

There is no charge for either event, but booking is essential as places are limited. Please call the Tamar Valley AONB team on 01822 835030 or email cdancer@tamarvalley.org.uk to secure your place.

 

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