We are a Heritage Lottery funded project, run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, that aims to improve the conservation of bats on farmland.
Bat populations declined significantly in Britain during the 20th century due to a combination of factors including loss of roost and feeding sites. Bats’ roosts in Britain are protected under legislation, but foraging sites are unprotected, making them susceptible to land use changes. As over 25% of land in Britain is arable farmland, it is important that we understand how we can reduce the impacts of agriculture on bat feeding sites.
Over the next year we will be working with landowners across Hampshire and Dorset to understand which arable habitats are attractive to bats today and promote these habitats to farmers to aid bat conservation.