2016 Event Reports

HOMES FOR BATS’ APPEAL

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    Bat populations have suffered severe declines during the past century and they need our help.

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This bat box in the Blackwater Valley contained a colony of about 20 Water Bats huddled together at the top of the box. They have lovely glossy, chestnut-coloured deep fur to keep them warm.

             BVCT is launching a ‘Homes for Bats’ appeal

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              We are aiming to raise at least £1000, which could purchase:

6 Bat Boxes + 2 Colony Bat Boxes + 1 Spotlight + 4 Bat Detectors.

                                              This appeal is now closed

Visit the Bat Conservation Trust website www.bats.org.uk for lots of Bat info, and look out for monthly Bat Facts on this website.