Published: 23 January 2015
The greater horseshoe bat is rare in the British Isles and is confined to south-west England and south Wales. We are lucky enough to have these beuatiful bats breeding in Torbay and are keen to encourage them to stay.
The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project is partnership project set up to secure the long-term survival of this endangered species. Hedgerows and farming practices are crucial in supporting foraging areas. The project will enable people to learn about, celebrate and help to care for these enigmatic bats and the landscape they live in.
Occombe farm already help the bat population by farming organically and encouraging the dung beetle which the bats love to feed on. However, we now need to concentrate on the hedgerows and are looking for volunteers.
We are running a free hedgelaying event where people can come along, learn all about hedge laying and help maintain a bat-friendly habitat.
Date: Tuesday 17th February
Where: Occombe Farm, Paignton
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Meet at Occombe Farm outside the café. Wear strong footwear and suitable clothing. We'll provide tea, coffee and biscuits but please bring a packed lunch (or you can purchase hot food from the Café). All tools, gloves and training provided.
Booking for this event is essential, please contact Helen Parr at [email protected] or 01392 279244.