Despite being a town that has grown at a considerable rate, Swindon is still bisected and fringed by rivers, hedgerows, woodland and meadows – the perfect mosaic of habitats to attract bats.
However knowledge of the nocturnal creatures in the Swindon area is poor which is why a new project is setting out to fill the information gap whilst improving habitats and promoting conservation to a wider audience.
With the support of the Wiltshire Bat Group the project is going to concentrate on undertaking detector surveys at Coate Water, Stanton Park and Shaw Ridge Forest Park.
To recruit more volunteer bat followers, a bat week starts on 9 August, when people can take part in walks organised by the Swindon Ranger Team.
Over 70 people turned up to an event last year and the organisers hope many more will take part this August. No prior experience is necessary, you just need a torch, warm clothes, strong footwear and a willingness to wander round in the dark.
For details contact Tim Kaye on 829704 or mail: email@example.com