The Woodland Trust recruits batsman Gower to save bats

The Woodland Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust have joined forces to form a partnership to call for better bat care.

The partnership, supported by one of cricket's best batsmen David Gower, has been launched to raise awareness about the misunderstood flying mammals.

The awareness campaign is running in the build up to European Bat Night on 24 August, where a number of "batty

events are taking place around the country including a Saturday evening bat walk, an "interview with a bat", a "battitude

survey and quizzes at the London Wetland Centre.

The Bat Conservation Trust, which has naturalist David Bellamy as president, and the Woodland Trust say that safeguarding the creature depends on sympathetic woodland management.

"Although bats and their roosts are legally protected, they're often persecuted because what little people know about these wonderful creatures is based on falsehood and myth,

said Gower.

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