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Bringing bats to Brightside Lane

27 March 2008

Specially protected bats are being encouraged to roost at Sheffield Forgemasters Brightside Lane site in a collaboration between Forgemasters and Sheffield Wildlife Trust.

Forgemasters is committed to greening its Sheffield site, providing new areas of habitat for wildlife and the installation of purpose-built bat boxes is one of several projects being implemented in partnership with the Trust.

Volunteers will be scaling the trees alongside the River Don on Thursday March 27 to position the boxes, which provide an important artificial habitat to replace lost natural sites in old trees. 

The Pipistrelle bat, the most commonly found species of bat in Sheffield, has suffered a 70% decline in recent years and the new roosting sites could play a vital part in helping to halt this loss. 

Other projects at the Forgemasters site include the creation of a large new wildlife area and management and improvement of riverside habitats. 

Forgemasters is also working towards attaining the prestigious Biodiversity Benchmark, as a demonstration of commitment to the natural environment.

Jo Harkness, Waterways Project Officer at Sheffield Wildlife Trust, welcomes Forgemasters' involvement.

She said: "We welcome the fact that Forgemasters recognises the benefits of managing its operations in a way that encourages biodiversity.  Investment in the local environment demonstrates both corporate social responsibility and good business sense."