Publication of the Cotswold Water Park Bat Atlas
2014 marks the 10th year of the Cotswold Water Park Bat Initiative. During this time a great deal of survey work has been undertaken by a great number of people to whom we are extremely grateful. Whilst annual newsletters have been produced, and the bat data has been shared with the local records centres, this is the first formal publication arising from the project, thanks to some funding from Lower Mill Estate (administered by Cotswold District Council). In addition, working with the WSBRC has meant that maps for field and roost records for all 14 CWP species have also been included.
It is hoped that this data and interim report can feed into forthcoming local policies and planning decisions (with indications that this is already happening). Where possible, future direction has been highlighted, but just browsing the maps is equally interesting. It is of course recognised that the maps may simply highlight recorder/surveyor activity, but some interesting points may be noted nevertheless. Thoughts, comments and suggestions from readers are welcome.
Thank you to all those who contributed to this publication and helped to improve earlier drafts, in particular, Eric Palmer, Jenny Bennett, Will Ponting and Ben Welbourn. Furthermore, thank you to the numerous funders, landowners and householders who supported these surveys by enabling purchase of equipment and training, access to land and roosting sites and for generally supporting bat conservation in the CWP.
Gareth Harris, Cotswold Water Park Bat Initiative.