Please help us raise £350,000 to protect Britain’s most easterly breeding colony of greater horseshoe bats. We only have a limited amount of time.
Vincent Wildlife Trust, Sussex Bat Group and others are working hard to safeguard this rare bat species by purchasing and restoring a roost site in Sussex. But we need your help. To be successful, we must raise £350,000 over two years.
During the last century, greater horseshoe bat numbers fell by over 90% in Britain, by some estimates, and the species became confined to parts of Wales and south-west England. Today, however, there is some much-needed good news. The population is showing signs of recovery, with small colonies now found outside of this core area. This includes one pioneer breeding colony recently discovered in an old stable block in Sussex − a sign of a possible eastward spread. For this reason, it is a site we must protect.
For nearly 40 years, Vincent Wildlife Trust has been working hard to improve the conservation status of this bat species and manages the roosts that now hold around 50% of Britain’s estimated 13,000 greater horseshoe bat population (for comparison, there are around three million pipistrelles − our commonest bat). The signs of recovery of the greater horseshoe bat are due in no small part to the Trust’s hard work − but we really do need your help to see the recovery of this species continue across the country.
We have been given a window of opportunity to raise the purchase price, otherwise the building will be placed for sale on the open market. Please help us by donating now – any amount will be much appreciated and will help us towards our £350,000 goal.
You can donate here or by sending a cheque, payable to Vincent Wildlife Trust, to:
Sussex Bat Appeal, 3-4 Bronsil Courtyard Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1EP.
We are very grateful to those of you who have already contributed. Thank you so much.
Main photo: Greater horseshoe bat @Andrew McCarthy