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AONB: East Devon

Looking out for bats

East Devon’s Greater Horseshoe bats winter hibernation roost was well protected with SSSI and SAC designation but their summer roosts were unknown. Our project identified summer roosts and foraging areas with roost enhancements and foraging habitat enhancements, including hedgerow improvements.

The project, with significant funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, delivered agri-environment support and raised the profile of the rare species through community engagement events.

The picture shows hedgebank restoration and planting, enhancing flight corridors between roost and foraging habitats.