Separate the facts from the folklore with guided bat walks at Fairhaven Lake

Monday 24 April 2017

Blood suckers, good luck charms, the souls of criminals? Discover the true facts about bats on a guided walk around Fairhaven Lake with the team at the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre.

Using specialist equipment, participants will listen for the tell tale rhythmical beeps from the bat detectors before looking up to spot the bat in question.

Claire Critchley, Learning and Visitor Experience Officer at the Ribble Discovery Centre said: "The RSPB is not just about birds, we protect an array of habitats which are home to amazing wildlife including bats. Here on the lake we are very lucky to have two different types which we see almost ballet dancing across the sky as they feast on flies, bugs and other flying minibeasts. Bats are sometimes labelled as scary creatures of darkness but we want people to discover the truth about them. This walk allows you to experience their impressive aerial acrobatics as they hunt under the cover of night."

These guided walks are taking place on Saturdays 6 May (8 pm), 20 May (8.30 pm), 29 July (8.30 pm) and 12 August (8 pm). They cost £10 per person (£7 RSPB members). Walk lengths vary depending on the time of sunset but all last approximately 90 minutes and hot drinks for all participants are included within the price. Visitors are also reminded to wear sufficient layers of clothing and suitable footwear. Numbers are limited so booking in advance is essential.

Community groups also have the exclusive opportunity to book their own private group walks on Wednesdays during May (separate charges and minimum numbers apply - contact the site for details).

To book or find out additional information please call the visitor centre on 01253 796292 or email For all events and activities taking place at RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre, visit

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

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