Image: © NBSG Malcolm Fisher
Image: © Bat Conservation Trust Hugh Clark
Image: © NBSG

Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group (NBSG) is particularly interested in how the barbastelle uses the landscape, and the landscape and habitat features that it depends on. In particular, barbastelles in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are known to fly some distance from their woodland roosts to the coast to feed, with individual bats having favoured foraging places, which they visit repeatedly. The Group hopes to find out more about the importance of the Norfolk Coast AONB to barbastelles by carrying out bat surveys using bat detecting and recording equipment and a team of volunteers, made possible due to funding from the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

By identifying important barbastelle foraging grounds within the AONB, the data collected will act as a guide to land owners, land managers and the relevant planning authorities. This information will play a vital role in protecting the barbastelle bats, by providing the background and evidence needed for successful future conservation management within the AONB and Norfolk.