Bat detectors at the ready?

September 5th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Bat detectors at the ready?


As the evenings draw in darkness is upon us a bit earlier night after night. If you are intrigued to find out more about creatures that enjoy the twilight you are in for a treat at Highfield Park, St. Albans on Friday 15th September. They are running a Bat Night where a local bat expert will give an introductory talk followed by a search for bats in the park using bat detectors starting at West Lodge. You can find out about tickets (Charge £3) from admin@highfieldparktrust.co.uk  or by calling 01727847242.  Highfield Park say the walk is a family-friendly (5yrs +) but dogs are not allowed. They suggest that you make sure you bring a torch, insect repellent and wear sturdy footwear & appropriate clothes for the weather.
 
You can use cameras, but unless you have equipment suited to low lighting conditions the results may not be great they warn. They also warn that there are a limited number of bat detectors available for the walk so they will need to be shared between several people. Unfortunately in the event of bad weather the event may have to be cancelled.
 
Highfield Park can be found on south eastern side of St Albans in Hertfordshire it is rather unusually, financed and managed by, a dedicated charity called Highfield Park Trust manages the Park, so donations are welcomed. http://www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk/
 
There is some great information on how to create the right habitats for bats in the link below.