To help conserve and find out more about bats living along Hadrian’s Wall we are pleased to launch BatLife, a project that will give the local community around Hadrian’s Wall the opportunity to get involved and learn more about bat conservation.
This exciting new three-year wildlife conservation project funded by HLF that will research the colony of bats that live along the Hadrian’s Wall path as well as in and around the surrounding lakes and woods.
The project hopes to encourage more people to learn about the bats that over the years have taken up residence in this historic place. We will begin by training 15 volunteers to become knowledgeable group leaders. They will work in small groups to collect bat-data, record bat identification, run an overnight bat watch, run workshops in bat-box building, and help develop a bat walk and a digital bat trail.
The aims are:
- 1. To train volunteers in the skills of bat identification, detection, recording and monitoring.
- 2. To collect local bat species data and share it with our partners at regional and national 'bio-banks'.
- 3. To engage the local public in the conservation of bat species using a variety of methods so as to involve different audience types.
- 4. To deliver an education programme for local schools focussed on bats and their habitats.
What else have we been working on...
Housesteads Fort's Visitor Centre
Following a £650,000 transformation to improve the visitor welcome, orientation and facilities at the best preserved Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall, the visitor centre is now open.
There is now a contemporary feel to the centre with a raised roof, improved toilet blocks and extra seating inside, an enhanced outdoor seating area and better access to the Fort itself.