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As darkness falls, creatures of the night come out to play...

20 September 2012

The team at RSPB Coombes Valley are welcoming visitors to join them on night time walks into the wild woods, to see sights we rarely get to see.

The twilight walks will be taking place on Saturday 29 September and Saturday 13 October starting at 6pm from the RSPB Coombes Valley Visitor Centre.

With the help of bat detectors, people will be able to hear the strange ultrasonic calls from pipistrelle bats emerging from their daytime roost.

Nick Godden at RSPB Coombes Valley says: “The RSPB manages these fantastic woodland habitats for all nature. The woods of are swarming with insects, providing the perfect place for many different bats to hunt.

“Visitors might hear the calls of the tawny owl. Who knows what hidden treasures could be lurking in the shadows?”

After the evening walk, there will be the opportunity to have a look inside the moth trap, and see footage of the barn owl family that nested at the nature reserve this year.

Nick said: “There is wildlife literally bursting out of the woods and we want to share it with everyone! There is so much more to Coombes Valley than birds, it just needs people to get out there and discover it.”

People are asked to bring a torch and come dressed appropriately. Walking boots or wellies are recommended.

The guided walk costs £2 for members and £4 for non members, children go free. Booking is advised, please call the reserve office on 01538 384017.

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