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Exploring the Habitats of Bats & Nocturnal Wildife - Guided Night Walk
Fri 7 July 2017, 21:00 – 23:00 BST
During this fascinating guided experience under the cloak of darkness at reserve, you will learn about the species of bat and other nocturnal wildlife making their homes at Woodberry Wetlands. Your guide will discuss the crucial role these creatures place in the ecosystem, the lifestyle of these mysterious creatures and the variety of issues threatening their habitat.
Having been present on the earth for 50 million years the threat of extinction hangs over many bat species as a result of our indifference or ignorance. There are sixteen species of bat in Britain all of which have experienced severe declines in numbers. Many species can be found in all the London boroughs, especially the tiny Pipistrelle which manages to hang on in even the more built up areas of central London. Woodberry Wetlands is a fantastic habitat for bats and you're bound find plentiful numbers these wonderful nocturnal creatures during this behind the scenes experience at the reserve when it is closed to the general public after dark.
Although sighted, bats navigate and locate their prey using a sophisticated high frequency system well outside of human aural range known as echolocation. By using an ultrasonic bat detectors which turn these frequencies into sounds we can hear, the presence of bats and type of species can often be revealed when they are difficult to see in the dark. An expert guide will give you a background tutorial about the local bat population and the species of Britain, teach you what to look out and listen for on the night, how to use the bat detection equipment and how to record any sightings before guiding you on your walk throughout the reserve. A demonstration surveying and trapping techniques will also be on show conditions permitting.
Refreshments will be served at the Coal House Café during the tutorial.
This event is suitable for ages 16+
Please note: No dogs are allowed at Woodberry Wetlands except guide dogs for the sight impaired.
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