19th October 2011

28 years after caring for her first bat, Jenny Clark is recognised for her astounding effort with bat care and conservation.

Jenny Clark from Sussex received an award yesterday from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords, to recognise her commitment in caring for sick, injured and orphaned bats. Following her first injured bat in 1984, Jenny joined her local bat group and has since founded the Sussex Bat Hospital which now cares for hundreds of bats each year. Jenny is committed to releasing as many bats as possible back into the wild but when this is not possible the fascinating creatures accompany her to educational events where they help to inspire many people.

Following Jenny's tireless work, the UK Director of IFAW, Robbie Marsland, said: "We are very pleased to be able to reward Jenny's fantastic work rescuing bats and teaching people about the importance of bat conservation. We are delighted to be giving her our Education Award."

Jenny, who typically cares for up to 12 bat species at any one time, said: "I was touched, honoured and amazed to hear I was to receive the IFAW award. Many other people up and down the country are doing what I am doing to help protect bats. I like being able to tell people about the sort of bats they come across and the need for bat conservation. I like to think I put a face to the shadow."