After hours

Bats love to fly at night

One of the rarest bats in Britain have made Woodchester Park their home. The Greater Horseshoe bat finds the site irresistible.

It's not just Greater Horseshoe bats that have made Woodchester their home. Lesser Horseshoe bats can also be spotted flying over the woods.

Maternity roost

The mansion at Woodchester is home to the horseshoe bats summer maternity roost. This is the only breeding colony of Greater Horseshoe bats east of the River Severn.

The bats emerge at dusk to hunt insects, especially dung beetles in the cowpats left by the grazing cattle.

Changing fortunes

The population of horsehoe bats declined between the 1950s and the early 1980s. In recent years, their fortunes have changed and the population is now thriving. We're careful to protect their roosts so that they can continue to fly over the woods for many years to come.

Bats find their way using echo-location
Bats find their way using echo-location
Bats find their way using echo-location

Bat species

Other bats which have made Woodchester their home include Pipistrelle and the distinctive Brown Long-Eared bat. On a warm summer's evening Daubentons can be seen flying over the lakes and ponds - their favourite feeding ground.