Funding boost for Derry bat project

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A project that aims to protect Derry’s bat population has received a funding boost from the north’s environment agency.

Based at Creggan Country Park, the North West Bat Project - a partnership involving the Country Park and Derry City Council - aims to identify and protect bat species found in Derry.

It also trains volunteers in how best to detect and protect bats.

The project this week received funding of £4800 from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Among the species found locally are the Common Pipistrelle, the Soprano Pipistrelle, Leisler’s Bat - Ireland’s largest bat - and Daubenton’s Bat, also known as the ‘Water bat’.

Creggan Country Park environmental officer Karen Healy says the funding will allow the project to expand and develop it’s work.

“This funding will be a great help to the project, it will allow us to expand on the work we are doing already, hopefully attract more volunteers and publicise what we do to a greater extent.

“There are very few precise records on the numbers of bats locally, and that is something we hope to change.”

Anyone interested in finding out more, or for information on what to do if you find an injured bat can contact the North West Bat project on 71363 133 or email Karen.Healy@creggancountrypark.com