On Wednesday 16th March 2016, members of CPRE Devon presented a cheque for £1,000 to residents of Abbotskerswell and Wolborough to support their efforts to protect the Greater Horseshoe Bats. Abbotskerswell Parish Council and the Wolborough Residents Association thanked CPRE Devon for their generous donation towards their costs. Considerable legal costs have been incurred in pursuing a legal challenge against Teignbridge District Council. The local residents and CPRE Devon are fighting for greater protection for these bats in the South Hams Special Area of Conservation. 31% of this endangered species live in South Devon and their roosts, foraging sites and flyways are under great threat from over-development.
Pete Finch, Chair of our local CPRE Devon Teignbridge District Group, and Penny Mills presented the cheque to Kevin Eales, Chairman of Abbotskerswell Parish Council.
Kevin said: ‘Abbotskerswell Parish Council and Wolborough Residents Association welcome having the support and strength of CPRE Devon behind our two organisations. We have seen some progress in Teignbridge District Council’s approach to protecting the South Hams Special Area of Conservation and Greater Horseshoe Bats, but we see this as just a start by Teignbridge DC in ensuring developers and landowners are made fully responsible for protecting and enhancing this species and its habitats in our locality’.
CPRE Devon are campaigning for greater protection for the bats across the 5 districts through which the SHSAC runs. Pete Finch said ‘CPRE Devon will continue to work in partnership with other local groups in order to secure protection of our precious habitats and biodiversity for future generations to enjoy’.