The Highfield Park Bat Night is an educational event and will be ticketed in order that numbers can be restricted. It is always a very popular event, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
The event includes a bat talk and then a walk out into the park to search for bats with our bat detectors.
It is suitable for young and old alike, but please wear suitable clothing and study 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 which 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.
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.