Monday, 23 July 2018

Bat survey for Mill Meadows

A BAT survey is set to be carried out in Mill Meadows in Henley over the summer.

Henley Wildlife Group has offered to contribute up to £300 towards the cost of the survey and the town council is to consider donating £750.

A report to the town council’s recreation and amenities committee said the UK bat population had declined dramatically over the last century due to the use of pesticides and intensive farming methods, causing the loss of food supplies and habitats.

It continued: “As a result, all bats and their roosts are protected by law, such that it is illegal to damage, destroy or disturb any bat roosts. It is therefore the responsibility of the town council, as landowner, to have information on the bat population in order to manage the wildlife area accordingly.

“Increasing the bat population will help increase biodiversity in the area and have positive knock-on effects for other species.”

The survey would involve a number of checks of the area at dusk to see if there are any bats feeding and to check for any roosts.

Councillor Kellie Hinton said: “We need to know what wildlife we have and do our best to take care of it.”

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