Bats are one of the most misunderstood species in Britain, people either love them or loathe them. Now Dorset Wildlife Trust is giving bat lovers and the bat-curious a chance to spend a weekend exploring the world’s only flying mammal, with a weekend stay on Brownsea Island.
This is a fantastic opportunity for any bat enthusiasts out there, or even people curious to learn more about them
Brownsea Island, situated in the picturesque Poole Harbour, is the perfect place to explore this charismatic mammal, as after the sun sets over the beautiful island Lagoon, not a single light will flicker on across the Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserve. In tranquil darkness, bats such as brown long-eared, pipistrelle and serotine will emerge to hunt for prey across the National Trust owned Island.
Nick Tomlinson, Centre Manager of The Kingcombe Centre at Dorset Wildlife Trust, is leading the event. Nick said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any bat enthusiasts out there, or even people curious to learn more about them. You will have the chance to use bat detectors to hear different species feeding, get to experience a dawn swarm of bats flying around you, and even get to see them up close as you will help to complete a survey of the bat boxes on the island. There will be late nights and very early mornings, coupled with some free time to explore the island when it is closed to the public. This will be a very rare treat with its rich and diverse range of species, some of which are rarely found on the mainland”.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre is hosting this special event on Brownsea Island from Friday 25th May at 4.30pm until Sunday May 27th at 4pm. This course costs £220 for the full weekend, with food and accommodation on Brownsea Island provided. For more information, and to book this course please call The Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org/courses.
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For more information please contact Nick Tomlinson at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01300 320684.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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Pipistrelle in flight Hugh Clark