Jersey’s bat population now has 254 new reasons to enjoy the Le Catillon area of Grouville.

On Saturday 12 February over 250 trees – a mix of common oak, sweet chestnut, wild cherry, hawthorn, blackthorn and elder – were planted in the area as part of the Jersey Trees for Life Hedgerow Campaign to improve the tree corridor for bats living in the area.

Jersey Trees for Life are planting corridors of trees and shrubs across the island to reconnect woodland areas and help the spread of wildlife. The hedgerows are important to several species of birds, mammals, insects and plants and the Hedgerow campaign, which is now in its fourth year, aims to improve the habitat of three particular species of local animals, bats, squirrels and hedgehogs. The work at Le Catillon was primarily aimed at the tree corridor available for bats and was carried out by staff at RBC Wealth Management and their families.

Quite apart from the help which RBC Wealth Management was able to offer in terms of manpower, Jersey Trees for Life’s Conrad Evans said that awareness building was a large part of the exercise.

‘Many people see the countryside when they are driving through it whereas with schemes like this people get the time to think and look. When you are working on the hedgerow bank you can think and observe and take it all in,’ he said. ‘This is a good way of getting people involved with and used to the environment,’ said Conrad.

The Environmental Officer at RBC Wealth Management, Francis Binney, said that the efforts followed a similar event in St Peter last year. ‘It was a good morning out with great views over the Royal Bay of Grouville. With 25 volunteers and an average of ten trees planted per person over the morning, we have all done a bit for our carbon footprints as well as the environment. Helping with the Hedgerow Campaign is a great way for staff to find out a bit more about Jersey’s wildlife and what it needs to thrive,’ said Francis.

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