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Go batty at RSPB Leighton Moss

Last modified: 21 August 2015

Pipistrelle in flight at night

Image: Barracuda1983

The summer holidays may nearly be at an end, but the fun isn’t over at RSPB Leighton Moss as everyone is invited to go batty at a special event on Saturday 29 August.

From 7-9.15 pm, families can join a bat night event at the Silverdale reserve to discover more about these unusual night-time creatures.

Annabel Rushton, Visitor Experience Manager at Leighton Moss, said: “This event is part of International Bat Night, which is celebrated around the world, so it’s the perfect time to go batty!  We’re excited to be joined by local bat expert Gail Armstrong, who will give an introduction to bats, before we walk out onto the nature reserve to try and find some of these incredible creatures using bat detectors.

“Gail will also be bringing along some of the rescued bats in her care, so everyone who attends will get the chance to see them up close and learn loads about these fantastic animals.”

Leighton Moss is currently home to over 400 soprano pipistrelle bats, which choose the warm walls of the reserve’s woodchip boiler room as an ideal place to raise their young and sleep during the day. They then come out during the evening to hunt for insects around the woodland and reedbeds which make Leighton Moss such an important home for wildlife.

There are 18 different types of bat in the UK and sadly many of them are in decline due to a loss of places to sleep and a reduction in the insect food available to them. The RSPB is encouraging people to help give bats a home by putting up bat boxes and making their gardens suitable for insects. For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/homes

To book a place on the bat night event, please call the Leighton Moss visitor centre on 01524 701601. For more information on this and other events taking place at the reserve, visit www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss for details or call into the visitor centre.

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.

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