Our Arboricultural Consultant Jim Allitt was awarded a 2017 Wildlife and Woodland Champion Award for his work on a joint project run by Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England. Jim volunteered his time to support the “Woodland Bat Project” which is a pioneering study on how bats use woodlands.
Jim said “I am delighted to accept this award – it is a great project to be involved with and it is a privilege to work with some delightful people in a very inspiring place”.
Jim brought extensive knowledge of trees and woodland management to the project. As well as offering his experience as a bat worker, he regularly carried out transects and roost counts within the woodland. Other survey work associated with the project included vegetation surveys, pitfall trapping, moth and butterfly surveys, bird surveys, and deer impact surveys. The data collected provides a useful baseline to monitor how the woodland is changing and what effects that climate change will have on the species associated with the woodland.
The project is always looking for volunteers to help throughout the surveying season. Transects run regularly throughout the summer and it is a great way to experience and learn about the history, past use and wildlife interest of the woods. The project has been running for a number of years and recently acquired Heritage Lottery Funding to employ a part time volunteer co-ordinator post. If you would like to learn more about the project you can contact the Bat Conservation Trust or email sreveley[at] bats.org.uk
If you have any questions regarding woodland management or any aspects of bats and trees please contact Jim Allitt via email jamesa[at]norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or phone 01603 625540.