Devon Bat Survey Opens for Bookings

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A Devon-based project dedicated to conserving one of the county's most endangered animals is now appealing for volunteers to help it in its vital work.
Find out about the bats on your doorstep! This spring and summer, people across Devon can take part in a major scientific bat survey run by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project. The survey allows volunteers to borrow a detector from one of 20 monitoring centres dotted around the county, to place in a selected 1km grid square for 3 nights. All the calls recorded will be used to increase knowledge of how bats are using the Devon landscape, and what can be done to help them. Anyone can get involved in the survey – no experience is needed and full instructions are supplied.
To find out more about how you can get involved, and to choose a square, please visit our website www.devonbatproject.org/devon-bat-survey/ 
The project is especially keen for anyone living in or around Tiverton to get involved as our knowledge of bats here is lower than for other parts of the county. We have a new monitoring centre at Bickleigh Mill this summer and would encourage anyone in the local area to select a grid square and book a detector.
Ruth Testa, who manages the project, said: ‘Knowledge of how bats are using our landscape is key to protecting them. This survey allows us to gain information across a huge part of the county, and will let you find out what bats are using your local area.’
The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project is a 5 year partnership project of 18 organisations led by Devon Wildlife Trust and is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), 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. To do this the project is working with landowners and communities to raise awareness and to improve habitats, as well as running research programmes like the Devon Bat Survey to increase understanding of bat species.