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Using Circuitscape to identify potential landscape corridors for the lesser horseshoe bat in Ireland

This report presents the results of a modelling study funded by National Parks and Wildlife Service during 2020. The study investigates the gaps in the distribution of the lesser horseshoe bat in Ireland over its entire range, incorporating datasets on land cover, roads, linear habitat features and density of artificial lighting, to produce a baseline map of potential ecological corridors to connect lesser horseshoe bat sub-populations.


The Lesser Horseshoe ‘Cool Tower’

Lesser horseshoe bats require a range of micro-environments in a roost, including an area where they can go into torpor in times of inclement weather, poor insect availability or as their body condition, age or sex dictates. ‘Cool towers’ may also be used in times when the temperature inside the roost is too hot.


Our Beacon for Bats end of project report

This report presents the achievements and outcomes of the Trust’s Our Beacon for Bats project, which involved local people in the conservation of lesser horseshoe bats in the Usk Valley in south Wales.


Lesser Horseshoe Night Roost Design

We have recently developed and tested a design for a night roost for lesser horseshoe bats. More information and the design of the night roost is detailed in this document.


Horseshoe Bats

Worldwide there are over 85 species of horseshoe bats. Five are found in Europe, but only two, the greater and lesser horseshoe bat, are native to the British Isles. Horseshoe bats have a circular flap of skin surrounding their nostrils and the horseshoe shape of this ‘nose-leaf’ gives these bats their name.


OB4B Newsletter December 2012

The Our Beacon for Bats Project is a three year project, funded by the Brecon Beacons Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project builds on conservation work carried out by The Vincent Wildlife Trust in the upper Usk Valley over many years.


Y Bannau – Bro’r Ystlum Cylchlythyr Rhagfyr 2012

Prosiect 3 blynedd yw OB4B. Ariennir ef gan Ymddiriedolaeth Bannau Brycheiniog a Chronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri. Mae’r prosiect yn adeiladu ar waith cadwraeth a wnaed gan y VWT yn rhan uchaf dyffryn yr afon Wysg ers blynyddoedd nawr.


OB4B Newsletter March 2012

The Bat Bulletin is the first electronic newsletter for The Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Our Beacon for Bats Project (OB4B). This is a regular publication to advertise forthcoming events, highlight opportunities for volunteers to join in with the project and report on news and activities throughout the year.


Bontadina, F. et al. (2002). Radio-tracking reveals that lesser horseshoe bats forage in woodland

Over the past 50 years European populations of the lesser horseshoe bat have severely declined. To date, studies of the foraging behaviour of this species have been limited as its low mass (4±8 g) precluded the use of radio-telemetry because commercially available radio-transmitters exceeded 10% of its body mass. In this study, radiotransmitters weighing < 0.35 g were built.

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