The Bat and moth Garden at the corner of Rock road, opposite Glenspray is almost complete, funded by the Greater Horseshoe Bat project and inspired by the plight of the Greater Horseshoe Bat.
30% of the UK population of Greater Horseshoe Bats live in South Devon, and Chudleigh has a maternal roost, a place where they have their babies, in the caves of Chudleigh Rocks. It is important that the mums do not have to fly very far for food when feeding their babies, (breast fed). They like dung beetles cockchafers and moths. We can’t provide dung and beetles but we can provide plants and flowers that encourage insects including moths. This garden is very close to the Rock and the caves, so there will be more food for the bat mums and babies.
This was funded by the Greater Horseshoe Bat project under the auspices of Devon Wildlife Trust, but constructed by volunteers form Chudleigh WILD and Chudleigh Environment volunteers. Plants for the garden were provided by people around the town, and locally gathered seeds were grown on. Some plants were bought in, but most of the compost was donated by Chudleigh Rotters and Rock House. Planting was done by Chudleigh WILD and pupils from Chudleigh School Mud Club.the wonderful bat seat was made by Jon Bairstow and placed by James Shears of Glenspray.
Friends of the Bat and Moth garden
I hope you enjoy the new bat garden and wonder if you would like to help keeping it neat and tidy. We hope to make an informal group of local residents who can get together to help with small jobs such as dead heading, trimming grass edges and weeding out the grass. Grass cutting has been taken on by the town council and Simon will keep an eye on this.
Also new planting and watering of new plants will be needed from time to time, Mike Moyse has been really helpful in establishing the garden, so please talk to your neighbours, or get in touch with me or the Town hall.