Join us on International Bat Night for a guided bat walk on one of our nature reserves
On the last Saturday in August we will once again be running our bats surveys on a selection of nature reserves across the three counties, so why not join us to listen to the bats and other night life we encounter?
See how our Wildlife Trust Ecology Group volunteers gather ecological information about our nature reserves, using a variety of bat detection equipment; test drive a bat detector yourself.
This year we are running guided walks on six reserves on International Bat Night (Sat 27 Aug 2016), on the following nature reserves:
- Cambourne, Cambs
- Woodwalton Fen, Cambs
- Stibbington Lakes, Peterborough
- Flitwick Moor, Beds
- Pitsford Water, Northants
- Summer Leys, Northants
Booking is essential. For more details see our events page.
Last year we had a successful series of bat walks with over 100 people attending and many of the walks fully booked. Everyone enjoyed a fascinating night out, learning more about bats from our voluntary bat monitors and experiencing how the Trust carrys out these surveys on its nature reserves.
Many bats were flying on International Bat Night,with eight species being recorded. As well as the more common species, including common and soprano pipistrelle, Daubenton's and noctule bats, we also found barbastelle bats at both Woodwalton Fen and Cambourne. This rare woodland bat has been recorded previously on Internation Bat Night at Stibbington Lakes and it's great news that it was heard at these other reserves too. The walk at Pitsford Water once again picked up the rare Nathusius’ pipistrelle, a bat known to use wetland areas and for which records have happily increased in recent years.
Thank you to all the voluntary bat monitors in the Ecology Groups for the successful public walks and bat surveys this year. In total you helped us raise £246 to help the Trust continue the important work on these reserves.