Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd

Baby bats at Mount Edgcumbe!

September 2010

Cornwall Environmental Consultants were thrilled to learn that a rare species of bat, the Lesser Horseshoe is thriving at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park in Torpoint.

CEC were involved to ensure that the existing bats and  maternity roosts at the property were not harmed or disturbed during refurbishment works. The best way to do this was by converting the ‘Crib’ room as  an enhanced roost to use, and much to everyone’s delight the bats have taken to their enhanced home, with female bats giving birth to their pups in early July….many of which were caught on a Bat Cam! Numbers of nursing lesser horseshoes have increased from 60 to 110 since the refurbishment and indicate that the mitigation measures provided are to the bats liking!

The Bat Cam has been set up for all guests to Mount Edgumbe to see, in the Barrow Park Centre of the gardens. Nick Butcher, the deputy park manager for Mount Edgcumbe witnessed the actual birth of the pups; Nick said

‘We all feel very privileged to have watched these births, especially as very few people have ever seen lesser horseshoes giving birth’.

CEC is the trading arm of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and regularly undertakes bat surveys for people wishing to convert or demolish barns, outbuildings, houses and garages. CEC donates profits made by these surveys to the Cornwall Bat Group, assisting its mission to conserve this protected species.

If you wish to visit the gardens to view the bats on the Bat Cam, the Barrow Park Centre is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 10:43 am and is filed under News.

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