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Go Bats At Osmington Mills

Pipistrelle bat HUGH CLARK

9:52am 12th September 2012

If you want something different to do on Friday night, get your wellies on and go down to the beach at Osmington Mills  - to watch the bats.

Dorset Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers for their welly zone survey.

The bats feed on the strandline so they're inviting you to go along and watch and take part in an important conservation project.

The Welly Zone - from the strandline at high water mark down to the shallows accessible by wellies - covers a range of different habitats with a huge variety of wildlife from marine to land-based species and Dorset is taking a lead in studying its little-know wildlife.  The Welly Zone project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty's Sustainable Development Fund, involves local people in investigating the wildlife of intertidal and shallow water habitats along our coast, which are currently not set to be protected by proposed conservation plans.  

Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "The seashore marks the boundary between marine and terrestrial environments and its value for wildlife is often forgotten. Strandlines are sometimes mechanically removed because beach-goers find them smelly and distasteful but in fact they are extremely important for all kinds of wildlife, including rare beetles and bugs, and a wide variety of birds and mammals".

The Welly Zone Strandline Bat Survey is on Friday 14th September from 7.30pm to 9pm at Osmington Mills Beach (map ref. SY734817).  For more information ring 01929 481044 or visit http://dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wellyzone.

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