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It’s looking good for the rare pine marten in northern England

The pine marten is one of Britain’s rarest mammals and is absent from most of England, but with the help of volunteers and local organisations, the National Lottery-funded Back from the Brink project has confirmed the presence of a pine marten population in northern England. A small number of sightings reported to Vincent Wildlife Trust Read More

1st February 2021

2020 newsletter published

VWT’s 2020 newsletter has just been published! This issue of our newsletter includes a round-up of our work in 2020 and some of our plans for next year. Read the newsletter here.

14th December 2020

VWT awarded £180,000 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Vincent Wildlife Trust is delighted to have been awarded £180,000 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund to future-proof its greater and lesser horseshoe bat reserves against climate change. VWT has been acquiring, managing and protecting roost sites of the rare horseshoe bats for more than 30 years, including the site of western Europe’s largest colony Read More

10th December 2020

Inside the Bat Cave – VWT greater horseshoe bat reserve features in new BBC documentary now on BBC iPlayer

A new documentary produced by BBC called Inside the Bat Cave features one of VWT’s greater horseshoe bat roosts. It peeks into the often hidden world of bats inside and out of the roosts over a period of four months in the summer of 2019. The programme is no longer available but you can still Read More

21st October 2020

Lesser horseshoe bat webinar

Limericks lesser horseshoe bats EGLA Webinar Watch this webinar with VWT’s Dr Kate McAney, Head of Conservation Development, Ireland on Limerick’s Lesser Horseshoe Bats, hosted by Limerick City and County Council. Find out more about this endearing protected bat species and learn why Limerick is so important to its survival in Ireland. Banner photo: ©Frank Read More

23rd September 2020

Ireland’s first virtual bat walk

With the COVID-19 lockdown restricting many activities, including guided bat walks, our team in Ireland has put together its first ever virtual bat walk at Curragh Chase. The video was produced as part of Limerick’s designation as a European Green Leaf city 2020. Watch the Virtual Bat Walk Limerick EGLA 2020. Banner photo: ©Frank Greenaway

26th June 2020

Inside a greater horseshoe bat maternity roost – live!

The bats have returned! As part of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, a camera has been installed in one of our large greater horseshoe maternity roosts. You can see some fantastic live footage on the website of the bats in the roost. Visit the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project website to view the live footage.   Read More

23rd May 2020

New edition of The Bats of Britain and Ireland now available

The Bats of Britain and Ireland This is an excellent little introduction and identification guide to the species of bat found throughout Britain and Ireland. Each species description covers roosts, food and feeding, breeding, status and distribution, and identification. This sixth edition has been updated and is available from

1st May 2020

Ten-Year Strategy launched

We’re excited to launch our 2020-2030 strategy as we look to the next ten years of conserving threatened mammals using scientifically sound research. We continue to be a catalyst for innovative conservation as we work with new species, new partnerships and new areas. Download and read the strategy here. Cover photo: ©Helen Haden

3rd December 2019

2019 newsletter published

VWT’s latest newsletter has been published! This issue of our newsletter includes our latest work on horseshoe and Mediterranean long-eared bats, new partnership projects on wildcats and European mink, an update on pine marten work in Wales, Ireland and the Forest of Dean, and updates from our PhD students and trustees. Read the newsletter here. Read More

28th November 2019
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