Greater horseshoe bat project (1998-2003)

  • Published source details Longley M. (2003) Greater horseshoe bat project (1998-2003). Natural England (English Nature) report, English Nature Research Report 532.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Engage farmers and landowners to manage land for bats

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Bat Conservation
  1. Engage farmers and landowners to manage land for bats

    A study in 1995–2003 of the greater horseshoe bat project in England, UK (Longley 2003) found that the landowner engagement project resulted in 77 bat-related management agreements covering approximately 6,536 ha of land in Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset. This included 80 km of new/restored hedgerow and 400 ha of grassland within key areas surrounding greater horseshoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum maternity roosts. The overall population of greater horseshoe bats at four maternity roosts in Devon was found to increase by 58% in 1995–2003, although the authors note that it is difficult to directly attribute this increase to the project. Advice was provided to 163 landowners and five organisations during farm visits, training seminars and farm walks. Support was also provided with grant applications. The project was widely publicised in the press (24 articles) and TV/radio (five programmes).

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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