28th January 2021

Longleat Bats find new home at Bicton College  

Share

Longleat Bats find new home at Bicton College  

The animal zone of Bicton College welcomed some new arrivals last week, after 30 Egyptian fruit bats from the UK’s top safari park were in need of a new home.

The nocturnal creatures, which are said to be settling in well, arrived at the college following Longleat Safari Park’s decision to close down their ‘bat cave’ exhibit, in part due to the impact of coronavirus rules.

However, in their new home at The Cornwall College Group’s leading land-based facility, the bats will be cared for by an expert animal management team whilst students will enjoy the unique opportunity to learn more about them as part of their course or qualification.

Jess Hill, head instructor at Bicton College, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome the bats into our collection, our animal management team are really excited to work with them and be able to encourage our students to gain knowledge about a species that they may not have worked with before.

“These bats will provide our learners with great opportunities to carry out research projects, animal husbandry and develop zoo keeping skills to be able to go into the animal management industry. Their individual personalities have started to shine through now they have settled in and we love them.”

Longleat customers had been unable to see the bats in person for most of the last season as coronavirus restrictions prevented the exhibit, which was in a small inside space, from opening.

The park has also decided to restore the building in which the bats lived to its former glory as the old coach house of Longleat’s Elizabethan stately home.

The rehoming of the bats has signalled the next step of what could be an exciting partnership between the UK’s favourite safari park and the leading land-based college, which can provide the first step towards a career in the zoo industry.

As well as animal management, veterinary nursing and zoology, Bicton College, located near Budleigh Salterton in East Devon, offers leaners the opportunity to study a wide range of courses and qualifications including land-based engineering, military and protective services, horticulture and much more.

Bicton College forms part of The Cornwall College Group which boasts a new, highly experienced leadership team that is delivering exceptional opportunities, facilities and training to all of its learners.

For those interested in the courses and opportunities available at Bicton College, a virtual courses and careers advice event is being held on February 6 from 10.00am until 12.00pm. To register to attend the event, please visit HERE

 

 

 

Share
bicton,animal,devon,longleat,bats,college The Cornwall College Group

Latest News

Academy launch to support youth into manufacturing and engineering   

Academy launch to support youth into manufacturing and engineering   

20th June 2022
Manufacturing and engineering skills in Cornwall are getting a boost with the formation of a pre-16 manufacturing academy.   The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) and The Cornwall Manufacturers Group (CMG) partnered to address the skills gap in the sector, resulting in The CMG Academy.   A launch event was held on Thursday at the Cornwall College Camborne campus with key guests from the manufacturi Read More
College awarded for apprenticeship ‘excellence’

College awarded for apprenticeship ‘excellence’

15th June 2022
The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) is celebrating after being recognised for the high quality and standard of its apprenticeship provision. Presented to Cornwall College St Austell by leading awarding organisation City & Guilds, the accolade was one of only 100 end-point assessment (EPA) awards given out to educational providers across the whole of the UK. “It was a pleasure to present TCCG Read More
Farmers Without Borders: Future Farm hosts British and French sustainable partnership

Farmers Without Borders: Future Farm hosts British and French sustainable partnership

13th June 2022
A French cohort of 15 dairy farmers and delegates of the Council of Finistère and Trévarez Research Station were welcomed last Tuesday at Duchy College’s Future Farm, marking a new step in exchanging sustainable dairy farming practices across the Channel. The group explored the pioneering research facility and visited three farms representing the range of successful dairy production systems Read More
Awards pouring in for college restaurant

Awards pouring in for college restaurant

30th May 2022
Cornwall College St Austell’s student-run Cloisters Restaurant, is cooking on gas after receiving a slew of accolades. The on-campus fine dining establishment has gone from strength-to strength in recent weeks with an impressive list of awards and recognition, including being shortlisted for College Restaurant of the Year (CROFTY). Launched in 2016 in partnership between People 1st Internati Read More