The Grizedale bat conservation work helps a variety of bat species. Some bats, including common pipstrelles, brown long eared and noctule bats prefer woodland habitats for roosting and broadleaved woodland with closed canopy and well developed unerstory are its key foraging habitats. Suitable roosting sites for bats are in short supply in Grizedale, as the bats require the nooks and crannies normally found in old or dying trees. The bat conservation work has created artificial roosts at sites across the forest. A variety of box designs have been used to try to encourage different species to the area, including two maternity boxes in the roof space above Grizedale’s woodfuel burner, where bats will benefit from the extra warmth and constant temperatures of around 30 degrees centigrade. The lighting around the visitor centre has also been modified so as to cause minimal disturbance to foraging bats.
The figures from the monitoring of the scheme show that bats on the Grizedale estate are doing well, with different species recorded in the area around the visitor centre: soprano and common pipstrelles, brown long eared, noctule and myotis species.