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Friday 6th September
Bat Walk

Bat Walk

Friday 6th September

See and hear bats swooping over Cannop Ponds under the guidance of bat specialist, Jude Smith.  During this Bat Walk, Jude will give a short introduction to the bats in the Forest of Dean and explain how they use the surrounding habitat to navigate and feed.  You will be able to borrow a bat detector and, through this, experience at first hand, the sounds of their echolocation calls.

To book and for further details, please contact

It can get quite cool at night, so please wear sensible footwear and warm clothes (layering is good) and carry waterproofs.  We will be walking around in the darkness for an hour and a half on narrow footpaths, therefore you will be need to be reasonably fit. This is a gentle walk but the terrain is not suitable for wheelchair users. It is essential that you bring a torch.  Insect repellent may be desirable.  No dogs please.  Children must be supervised by their responsible adult at all times, and they must be judged old enough to be out late at night and to walk for the duration (school age only suggested). Finally, if you have a bat detector please do bring it along, although we will have several for you to try out. 

Park at the main Cannop Ponds Car Park (the gates will be open for this event), and meet by the nearby bridge and weir. Situated on the B4226, Cinderford to Coleford road. Grid ref is SO 610108.

Weather.  Please note, this event will be cancelled if it is raining or excessively cold.  Therefore confirmation as to whether it will take place will be sent to participants by email about two days prior to the event starting.  Therefore it is essential that we have your email contact details (if you don’t have an email address then we will phone).  

This event is part of the Foresters' Forest Batscape Project.

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