Vincent Wildlife Trust, with Sussex University, is co-funding research into the barbastelle – one of Britain’s rarest mammals. Although the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has designated its conservation status as ‘Near Threatened’, very little is known about this bat.
This PhD therefore focuses on getting a better understanding of the distribution of barbastelle maternity colonies and the relationship with the wider landscape, leading ultimately to provide landscape-scale conservation advice for this species.
The research, which began in the summer of 2019, has now resulted in a protocol for monitoring woodlands for the presence of barbastelle maternity colonies and the plan is to work with bat groups and volunteers to survey woodlands on a large scale.
If you are interested in finding out more, keep an eye on this page over the next few weeks.
Main photo of the barbastelle: ©Frank Greenaway