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News article created on 4 September 2014

Fancy a guided bat walk?

Have you ever wanted to find out more about bats? If so we're offering you a unique opportunity to discover these fascinating night-time hunters and even hear them communicate with each other.

A series of evening bat walks are taking place during September with ecologist and bat specialist Paul Wilkinson, who will lead the walks with bat detectors, which have a special ultrasonic microphone so humans can hear the sounds that bats make.

Canals and reservoirs are good places to observe bats as they not only provide bats with the water they need to rehydrate but also attract midges and other flying insects which provide a ready feast. The Daubenton’s bat, in particular, is often seen to skim over the top of the water to feed on a variety of water insects. Pipistrelles, which commonly roost in buildings, will often feed over the water of a nearby river or pond.

Paul Wilkinson, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals are great places to spot all types of wildlife but our ‘bat night’ will give people a fascinating insight into the lives of one particular group of animals that is perhaps less well known. Bat walks are extremely popular at this time of year and are a great opportunity to discover how our important our waterways are for bats.

“I hope people will find the evening enjoyable and informative and will go home equipped with tips to give bats and their habitats a helping hand.”

The walks are taking place on the:

  • 8 September at Earlswood Lakes in Solihull - Meet at 7:40pm and again on the 22 September.  Meet at 7:10pm
  • 25 September at Gailey Reservoir in Cannock.  Meet at 7:10pm

The walks are open to everyone and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please be suitably dressed for the outdoors. To book your place please call 03030 40 40 40 or email paul.wilkinson@canalrivertrust.org.uk