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Wednesday 16th May 2018

bats roosting in caveGreater horseshoe bats take a rest at one of their Devon roosts

A leading nature conservation project is planning to share the secrets of one of the South West’s rarest mammals.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project (which is led by Devon Wildlife Trust) is holding a 'Bats & Communities' conference at Chudleigh Town Hall on Saturday 9th June. The conference is open to everyone, especially to people who want to make a difference by championing bats in their local community.

The conference promises participants a series of inspiring talks from both professionals and local bat champions. By the end of the day, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to make their village or town a bat friendly place to live and work. An optional evening bat walk to detect bats around Chudleigh is also planned.

Ruth Testa, who manages the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, said:

"This conference is a brilliant way to find out more about the fascinating world of bats. You do not need to know anything about bats to book onto the day! You will learn about activities such as bat friendly gardening, bat surveys and bringing bat friendly thinking into neighbourhood plans. You'll also get some ideas for creating fantastic spaces for wildlife in your community".

Booking details and the programme for the day are on the project’s website.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project is a 5-year partnership project of 18 organisations led by Devon Wildlife Trust, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as other funders. The project aims to secure the future of the greater horseshoe bat in Devon; the northern European stronghold of this highly threatened mammal. The project is working with landowners and communities to raise awareness and to improve habitats, as well as running scientific research programmes to increase understanding of bat species.

You can lend your support to Devon's greater horseshoe bats here. 

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