National Bat Study Centre (Wirral)
Guidelines / Brief
1. Renovating the chapel building, in full/part to house bat study centre
with under-floor Hubernacula and Nursery roost facilities, study centre,
lecture theatre, offices, dormitory and living space. The restoration
would include the re-roofing of the two main chapel buildings and vestibules,
the re-erection of the 100ft spire and the opening of the walk.
The ground management will involve planting night scented plants to attract
insects, also the creation of pond scrapes to encourage other
of encouraging a specialist predatory species to increase its use of an
area, can only be achieved by a systematic increase in the natural biodiversity
of an area. Whilst most of the ground management in the Memorial Gardens
will be limited by the obvious use of the burial facilities, there are
places where the increase in habitat can be achieved. Management for the
increase of habitat will also extend onto Bidston Hill SBI (a neighbouring
site, of 127 acres of mixed woodland, wet heath, lowland heath and amenity
grassland, located across Boundary Road). Ground Management will include:-
several small pond areas/habitats to increase biodiversity and provide
water for bat species.
flower area creation Rose Bay Willow Herb, Sallow and Soft Rush, Iris
around pond margins should increase insect diversity.
wildflower areas around walls and areas not used for headstones. Possible
management of the woodland/ grassland/ heath fringes good hunting areas
of some clearings to allow ground flora to grow and encourage insects.
of night scented, native species on Bidston Hill and some ornamental
planting in Flaybrick Memorial Gardens.
and management of feeding corridors along pathways and around sites
of pine woods new trees planted in clearings, including some alternative
ground cover by native species in open clearings (bramble, Nettle etc)(temporary
fencing maybe required to prevent trampling)
of Bat boxes made by local schools, throughout woodland (and some form
of licensed monitoring scheme). In the Eco building, workshop at Tam
O' Shanter Urban Farm. Surveying bats leaving these purpose built homes
not disturbing the roosts.