Batty adventures at RSPB Leighton Moss

Monday 8 August 2016

To finish off a summer of night-time adventures at RSPB Leighton Moss, visitors are invited to take part in a special bat themed walk from 7-9.15 pm on Saturday 26 August.

As part of International Bat Night, families can join the bat event at the Silverdale reserve, to discover more about these unusual night-time creatures.

Fran Currie, Visitor Experience Manager at Leighton Moss, said: "This walk is the last of our nocturnal events that have been running throughout August, so it's a good opportunity to come and try to spot some bats before the end of the holidays. We're excited to be joined by local bat expert Gail Armstrong, who will give an introduction to bats, before we walk out onto the nature reserve to try and find some of these incredible creatures using bat detectors.

"Gail will be bringing along some of the rescued bats in her care too, so everyone who attends will get the chance to see them up close and learn loads about these fantastic animals. She will also have bat detectors to have a go with and visitors can use them to track down bats that swoop over head catching insects!"

Leighton Moss is currently home to over 400 soprano pipistrelle bats, which choose the warm walls of the reserve's woodchip boiler room as an ideal place to raise their young and sleep during the day. They then come out during the evening to hunt for insects around the woodland and reedbeds which make Leighton Moss such an important home for wildlife.

There are 18 different types of bat in the UK and sadly many of them are in decline due to a loss of places to sleep and a reduction in the insect food available to them. The RSPB is encouraging people to help give bats a home by putting up bat boxes and making their gardens suitable for insects. For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/homes

To book a place on the bat night event, please call the Leighton Moss visitor centre on 01524 701601. For more information on this and other events taking place at the reserve, visit rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.

Tagged with: Country: England Topic: Species conservation