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Help the conservation of Welsh bats!

Learn more about the exciting new Deall Ecosystemau pilot project, which is designed to get people to take an active interest in finding out more about their local environment and in particular bats. 

Bats are an essential part of our ecosystem and play a vitally important role in controlling nocturnal insects such as mosquitoes, midges, crane flies and moths. There are 17 species of bats known to be resident in the UK – 15 of these are in Wales.

The pipistrelle, one of the 15 species of bats known to be resident in Wales.
The pipistrelle, one of the species of bats known to be resident in Wales.

The Deall Ecosystemau project lets members of the public borrow a bat detector pack from a loan centre and to put the detector out in a location of their choice for a few nights to automatically record the bat’s echolocation calls. 

This could be a woodland, local park or even in their back gardens. Bat Conservation Trust will analyse the recordings and send a report back identifying what bats were recorded, and an indication of the level of activity. Download our bat leaflet to find some of the best locations to find them in Pembrokeshire.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is loaning out bat detectors as part of the project.

Join in, become a citizen scientist and help pioneer a new approach to bat survey and monitoring that will enable us to understand and help the conservation of Welsh bats. It’s fun and easy to do.

The project is run by the Bat Conservation Trust in partnership with Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd Bat Groups, part funded by Natural Resources Wales.

People wanting to take part in the project will need to book a detector through an on-line booking system that will direct them to a loan centre, with locations in Pembrokeshire including the National Park Authority headquarters in Pembroke Dock and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village near Newport.

Hop over to the Bat Conservation Trust website and book a bat detector for you to borrow for a few nights. It comes with all the necessary instructions.

Biodiversity Blog
Published 02/10/2018


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