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New home for bats

Work is now underway to convert a derelict boathouse in the Wyre Forest into a haven for wildlife. 

The new refuge at Hurcott Pool and Woods, will be the first of it's kind in the county and rangers hope it will attract more species of bats back to the area, including the lesser Horseshoe bat. 

Norgrove Developments Ltd is currently carrying out the work with the support from Wyre Forest District Council's ranger service. 

A council grant of £7000 was awarded to the project and funding was also received from the Worcestershire Bat Group and the Bat conservation Trust. 

Sharon Norgrove from Norgrove Developments said, "My husband, Jack Norgrove and myself are regular visitors to Hurcott Pool and Woods, so we were pleased to accept the conservation project when local ranger Oliver Price approached us."

Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said: "I am delighted that we have been able to support this very exciting conservation project. I hope that once the refuge is open lots of local families and wildlife enthusiasts will come along to find out more about the bat species in our area."

Rangers have estimated that the work should be completed by April 2019. 


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