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Our bats are flying high thanks to you

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our appeal, helping us to raise the funds needed to manage local habitats for the benefits of our bats. By donating to this appeal you have directly helped this fascinating group of mammals to keep flying high in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

Our appeal was launched to raise the funds needed to enhance the habitats that our local bats depend upon. In doing this, we can improve their food sources and the places that they use for shelter and protection. All of which should then have a beneficial effect on their populations.

Establishing ponds

Clearing, restoring and creating ponds on our reserves provides sources of water closer to roosting areas meaning that maternity groups in particular don’t have to use as much energy to find drinking water. Saving energy means more milk production for their young with consequently higher growth rates and better survival. Ponds also provide a good food source for their invertebrate prey.

Managing hedgerows

Good hedgerow management means bigger, denser hedges which provide shelter from the wind for both bats and their prey. Hedges managed to provide volume, blossom and berries attract more insects which in turn provides more food for bats.

Monitoring local planning system

Many bat roosts are lost to housing development. According to the Bat Conservation Trust, more bat crime happens through development than through any other activity. It is therefore critical that the planning process is scrutinised to ensure any impact on bats are identified and the relevant procedures are followed whenever there is a reasonable likelihood that they are present. Since April 2015, the Trust has reviewed 180 planning applications that could potentially impact our local bats. Of these, 56 applications involved further action to be taken, like a bat survey for example. Funds generated from the appeal will help the Trust’s work with the Local Planning Authorities: in times of local government cut backs it is extremely important that we ensure that this duty is fulfilled.

Protecting roosts and local populations

Bats are uniquely vulnerable when roosting in that the majority of the breeding females from any given colony gather in one small place to give birth. If anything happens to this roost the entire breeding stock of one colony – which could number several hundred bats – could be lost. Similarly, in hibernation bats can gather together in large numbers; because they are in a torpid state they cannot easily respond to threats. Many of these structures are man-made and so it is important the Trust maintains their upkeep to provide a safe environment for our local populations.

The Trust’s work creating habitats full of breeding roosts, places to hibernate and insect-rich feeding grounds, could not happen without the support of our dedicated members and donors – thank you.

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Post your cheque payable to 'Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust' to:

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Grebe House
St Michaels Street
St Albans
AL3 4SN

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How your donation could have an impact:

£1000 could pay for sensitive tree management to benefit roosting bats and their insect prey.
£500 could improve one pond to establish a reliable water source and feeding habitat.
£312 could lay 100m of species-rich hedgerow to provide movement and feeding corridors.
£125 could pay for half a day's worth of planning monitoring for potential impact on bat roosts.
£59 could provide bat detecting equipment to explore bat distribution on our reserves.
£30 could buy a bat box to provide shelter and allow population and condition monitoring.


Thank you for your support!