The Forest and surrounding landscape is of significant importance for Horseshoe bats, with approximately 26% and 6% of the UK breeding population of Lesser (LHB) and Greater (GHB) Horseshoe bats respectively being concentrated within the area. Whilst a number of the most important roost sites are protected, the surrounding countryside is not. This includes a range of other roosts, foraging grounds and flyways (including hedges, lines of trees, woodland edges, walls) used by the bats to get around the landscape.
Through this project we successfully developed a better understanding of the sites and features that make up the Horseshoe ‘batscape’ and took positive action to conserve them.
We developed a better understanding of the ‘batscape’ sites and features. This was achieved by carrying out:
We also helped increase the resilience of the Horseshoe ‘batscape’, by:
We thank Lucy Smith, Gerry O'Brien and David Priddis for volunteering their time and expertise to support Batscape and our partner Natural England for helping deliver this work. We are delighted that they were recognised in 2020 with awards for this work, see news article