Bat Talk Volunteer

Bat Talk Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
GL10 3TS, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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Woodchester Mansion Trust
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We are looking for passionate, knowledgeable, reliable and flexible bat talk volunteers

Detailed description

The Woodchester bats have been studied by Dr Roger Ransome since 1959. His work on the Greater Horseshoe bats is the longest continuous study of any mammal by a single person in the world.Therefore we are very proud of our colony of rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats and we always need help with speakers for our bat experiences. These are held for groups of up to 15 people and consist of a talk, Q&A, explain the bat detectors and then go in to the Mansion's rear corridor or outside to track the bats. So if you’re enthusiastic about bats and can engage a small crowd, please get in touch. These are all weather events and are typically held between April and September during the birth and rearing of the pups, although there are sometimes exceptions. Over 18s only. Due to the remote nature of the mansion, you will need your own transport to get here. Sadly no travel expenses are re-imbursed. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE SPONSORSHIP TO THE UK

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About Woodchester Mansion Trust

WOODCHESTER MANSION is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley.

It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.

The Mansion was designed by a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. He produced a unique Gothic Revival house which blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.

If you are interested in the Mansion and its history we have a book.

The quality of the stone carvings in the Mansion is outstanding: some are inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley and others are life-like images of animals. There are also real mammals to be seen as the Mansion houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.

Owned by Stroud District Council, the Mansion is managed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust (it is not a National Trust property). On Open Days visitors can see how the house was built, admire the fine carvings and look at the bats on CCTV. Refreshments are available, we have a gift shop and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.