The Highfield Park Bat Night is an educational event and will be ticketed in order that numbers can be restricted. It is run from the Visitor Centre and is always a very popular event, so please book early to avoid disappointment!!
The bat walks cost £4 per head, which includes a bat talk, access to the bat exhibition, a bat walk and a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the evening. You will also have the opportunity to buy some of our own organic apple juice.
It is suitable for young and old alike, but please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footware. We also recommend that you bring a torch.
We are more likely to see bats around sunset or sunrise in warm, dry weather, so please keep your fingers crossed for nice weather on the day. Past events have occurred during wet weather, which has limited, but not stopped sightings. The event will occur, regardless of the weather.
The evening starts with an informative talk from a local expert. This will last for approximately twenty minutes and will cover bat history, anatomy, types of bat to be found in the UK and further afield and how they live their lives. We know from past events that we have found both Pipistrelle Bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) and Noctule Bats (Nyctalus noctula) in the park, although there are seventeen different types of bat to be found in the United Kingdom.
Pipistrelles are the commonest British bats, weighing around 5 grams (same as a 20p piece). A single pipistrelle can eat 3,000 tiny insects in just one night!
The Noctule bat has long narrow wings and flies in a straight line, very high and fast. It’s our biggest bat, but it’s still smaller than the palm of your hand!
You will also learn how to use your bat detector in order to identify the bats we find during the walk. Some bats fly high in the sky while others fly low over water, some prefer grassland while others stick close to hedges and trees.
Highfield Park Trust hopes you have an enjoyable evening.