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Thursday 14th March 2019
Batscape project Hedge Planting

Batscape project Hedge Planting

Thursday 14th March 2019

Come along and help plant a new hedgerow to mark the start of the Batscape Project's practical conservation work!

The network of caves and mines in the Clearwell area are home to around 1000 lesser horseshoe bats over the winter months, where they hibernate in the caves. Horseshoe bats navigate by flying along linear features in the landscape, such as hedgerows, lines of trees, woodland edges and vegetated stream banks, and do not generally like flying across open fields.

With exits from the roost nearby, this new hedge will strengthen the connectivity of the flyway network used by the horseshoe bats to navigate between roosts and feeding grounds.

We will be meeting at Puzzlewood car park before walking to the planting site. 

Lunch will be provided at Puzzlewood café along with some sweet treats to keep us going for the morning! After lunch there will be a short summary of the Batscape project including an update on the hedgerow surveying plans for 2019.  

No experience required, but please bring/wear:

  • Sturdy boots
  • Work gloves if you have them (we will also have gloves available to borrow)
  • Waterproofs
  • Suitable clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy!
  • Flask with hot drink if you want to one for the morning

Booking is essential and places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please email our volunteer coordinators at to book your place on this volunteering activity.

Batscape is one of 38 Heritage Lottery Funded community projects in the Foresters' Forest programme. The Batscape project is led by Natural England.

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