Prime time slot for bats project


A project which helps to protect Vale bats will appear on a BBC wildlife show.

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust will star on an episode of Countryfile, to talk about their Bats in Woodlands project.

Presenter Ellie Harrison spent a day filming with the trust at Finemere Wood, and also met with Matt Dodds, biodiversity officer at Aylesbury Vale District Council and the North Bucks Bats Group.

Mr Dodds said: “The Countryfile team seemed to thoroughly enjoy their visit to Finemere Wood, and we were very pleased to show them the good work that’s being done to improve the conservation of bats.

“Having a TV crew interviewing us about the project is a great advert for the hours and effort volunteers have put in over the past few years.”

The ground-breaking bat conservation project is financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and allows volunteers to conduct indepth surveys into the 
behaviour of the different species in the Vale.

One of the species being monitored is the rare 
Bechstein’s bat, which was discovered in Finemere Wood during a past survey, and is a protected species.

The work comes amid concern that the bats’ habitat will be affected by the proposed HS2 project, and the work forms part of the mitigation for the scheme.

Future research will also further advise HS2 planners and campaigners about the impact on the rare mammals.

As part of programme Ellie was shown how to ring the bats and capture them in mist nets.

She also learned how the team uses radio tracking to find where the bats are roosting, and why the woodland is so imporatnt as a refuge for the rare animals.

The BBC1 show will air on Sunday June 1 at 7pm.

To find out more about the bat project, and how you can get involved visit www.