Saving England's most threatened species from extinction


Grey Long-eared Bat

Biodiversity and the Grey Long-eared Bat

Our climate is changing. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that this is largely due to anthropogenic activities and is also largely irreversible. We must clearly do all that we can to reduce our negative impact on our planet’s climate, but we must also prepare for the impacts that we cannot change. The Back from the...

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Creating Foraging Habits of the Future Part 2

Moving into spring - an update from the Grey Long-Eared Bat project! As we move from winter into spring, temperatures start to rise and the countryside seems to come to life as so many species reach the end of their dormancy. At this time of year, hibernating bats start to wake from their torpor, moths...

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Creating foraging habitats for the future!

As we move from autumn to winter, temperatures drop and the weather becomes more extreme – the landscape seems to quieten as much of our country’s wildlife adapt their behaviour to cope with the seasonal changes. Different species have different mechanisms to cope with these environmental challenges. Plants enter periods of dormancy as sunlight hours...

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The art of stealth and the evolution of the ambush

There is a nocturnal arms race taking place above our meadows and wetlands. The race for survival between Grey Long-Eared Bats and their moth prey has been evolving for millennia – but who will win?   The reason Grey Long-Eared Bats echolocate so quietly is a prime example of co-evolution. There is a race going...

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To hear, or not to hear, that is the question….

Bat research relies on being able to detect bat calls. The tricky thing about monitoring the Grey Long-eared Bat is that they are so quiet. Their very quiet echolocation and incredibly long ears has enabled them to be super-stealthy hunters – but this makes our task of monitoring them, to establish their whereabouts and measure...

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Bats on the Brink

The past few weeks have seen some interesting weather in south-west England. In South Devon - one of the priority areas for Grey Long-eared Bats - we have experienced the heaviest snowfall for at least a couple of decades. This has occurred very late in the winter when the first signs of spring have already...

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Where have all the bats gone?

In our last two Willow Tit blogs, we introduced the project itself and then looked at why it’s been chosen for Back from the Brink. In this blog piece, we’re focussing on how you can spot a Willow Tit and what you can do when that happens.

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Introducing the Grey Long-eared Bat

Starting this project has been an exciting time for me. Not only because the whole idea of Back from the Brink is so innovative, with conservation organisations working collaboratively at this scale, but because this project is so close to home.

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