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Our Beacon for Bats end of project report

We have just published the end of project report for the VWT’s Our Beacon for Bats Project. This report presents the achievements and outcomes of the project, which involved local people in the conservation of lesser horseshoe bats in the Usk Valley in south Wales. Download the report here

16th December 2015

November E-newsletter published

This month the VWT celebrates 40 years of wildlife conservation. In this issue there are the latest updates from the Pine Marten Recovery Project and exciting news from our bat projects and reserves. It also includes details from our National Polecat Survey and study tours to Poland, Luxembourg and Germany. Download the November E-newsletter.

9th November 2015


The VWT’s Pine Marten Recovery Project is on the BBC’s Autumnwatch. Pine marten project staff Dr Jenny Macpherson and David Bavin talk to Iolo Williams about the project and the progress of the VWT’s translocation of pine martens from Scotland to Wales. Broadcast date: Tuesday 3 November 8pm BBC2. The piece can be watched here.

2nd November 2015

Pine martens arrive in Wales

Britain’s first carnivore recovery scheme on a nationwide scale is underway. Native pine martens from Scotland are beginning a new life in Wales, and more are on the way. Leading this project is The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), a charity with 30 years’ experience of pine marten research, and today the Trust is delighted to Read More

29th September 2015

New study of VWT Irish bat box schemes available

We have just completed a study of our Schwegler Irish bat box schemes that have been in place since 1999, thanks to a grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. We initially erected the boxes in order to verify a bat detector record that had been published for a barbastelle bat in Read More

14th August 2015

MISE Project comes to an end

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project, which has been running since April 2011, officially finished at the end of June. The project was a collaboration between Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) (the lead partner), Waterford City and County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Ireland, and The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Natural Resources Read More

7th July 2015

Dwindling pine marten population in Wales gets major financial boost

£200k pledged towards Pine Marten Recovery Project The Pine Marten Recovery Project, established by The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), has secured vital financial support, helping to ensure the long-term funding of this six-year project aimed at restoring the pine marten to England and Wales. This autumn will see the first pine martens brought from Scotland, Read More

22nd June 2015

Live greater horseshoe bat footage

As part of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, a camera has recently been installed in one of our large greater horseshoe roosts. You can see some fantastic live footage on the website of the bats in the roost. The best time to watch it is just before sunset when the bats are flying around Read More

16th June 2015

National Polecat Survey Update

The VWT’s National Polecat Survey, the third of its kind, has been running since January 2014 and is now more than half way through. The aims of the survey are to gather up-to-date information on the current distribution of the polecat in Britain as it expands its range following a severe historical decline, and to Read More

1st May 2015

Managing forest and woodlands for pine martens

It has been a year since the VWT and NUIG held a one-day meeting on the pine marten on May 1 2014 in Ireland. Huw Denman was one of our speakers and he kindly agreed to elaborate on his paper relating to managing forestry for the pine marten – this is now available to download as Read More

30th April 2015
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