East Cleveland Bat Project
The Trust has initiated an exciting two year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Branch Out Fund. The project aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the number of different bats in East Cleveland and how they are using the landscape to roost, forage and commute. The wooded nature of East Cleveland and the rural character of the landscape give it the potential to be important for more than eight species of bats, including some of the rarer bats.
Over the next two years we will be conducting different bat surveys across the whole of East Cleveland to collate as much information on the presence of bats. To achieve this we need to recruit plenty of volunteers to assist with the surveys.
Training will be provided in field skills and the use of technology to detect bats and for the automatic capture and analysis of acoustic data. We want to build up a pattern of bat distributions across the area to create a unique batscape and help with their conservation. Throughout the course of the project, as surveying is undertaken, we will develop the website to include information on areas already surveyed and those areas where surveys still need to be undertaken. Any interesting developments will also be shared.
If you have any queries about the project please contact
Sarah Barry, Bat Officer 01287 636382 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that Sarah is only available Tuesday to Fridays.
The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Branch Out Fund.
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, the Heritage Lottery Fund use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.
Northumbrian Water’s Branch Out fund helps to deliver projects that benefit the natural environment and local communities. It aims to help build resilience and adapt to the changing climate whilst bringing benefits to water, wildlife and communities.
At the end of the 2 year project we hope to continue with surveying for bats in the area and to form a bat group as have over a hundred groups in the UK.