Rushmere roost tree felled

In 2011 we reported the fact that we had found a Noctule roost at the entrance to Rushmere Country Park. This tree was then damaged during a storm. It was tethered to other trees but the Greensand Trust applied to Natural England for a licence to fell it. Then it was realised that brown long eared bats were also roosting there, so a modified application had to be made.

Photo Jude Hirstwood felled roost tree

This has now been granted and the tree has been felled. Mitigation in the form of two bat boxes added on the other side of the road and a section of the original trunk being strapped to a nearby tree has been carried out. We will be keeping a close eye on it to see how successful this mitigation is

  • Photo Bob Cornes.
    Bat boxes as mitigation
  • Photo Bob Cornes
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