Lyde Green goes wild for bats

May 30 2018

RESIDENTS had the chance to get up close to one of nature’s most mysterious creatures during a recent wildlife walk.

Led by Bristol naturalist and conservationalist Steve England, the free bat hunt took place along the Dramway footpath during the evening of Saturday May 5.

Setting off from the Lyde Green park and ride car park, the group of 15 adults and four children explored the fields near Lyde Green, with Steve taking the opportunity to educate them about foraging as they went. Examples of wild foods that the group found during the walk included wild peas, pignut, common sorrel (which tasted like apple peel), hedge mustard and wild garlic.

Steve gave the youngest members of the group the chance to identify the skulls of a badger, roe deer and fox that he had brought with him. He then explained about the most common bats that the group were likely to see after the sun had set – the noctule and the common pipistrelle, the largest and smallest bats in Britain, capable of hunting up to 3000 insects in one night.

During the three-hour walk, the group had the opportunity to spot rabbits, a female roe deer, and several noctule and common pipistrelle bats using the special detectors that Steve said: “This is a great place to live as there’s so much to see here – there’s so much wildlife.”

South Gloucestershire Cabinet Councillor  Colin Hunt, said: “Events such as the bat walk with Steve England are great community builders, as they get everyone together and reinforce the value of the local area – especially its wildlife.

“Our walks and cycle rides led by local experts are designed to help residents to discover what is on their doorstep, whilst enjoying some exercise and getting to know their neighbours.

“The aim is to give residents a sense of community ownership over their area, and encourage them to find enjoyable and sustainable ways to get around.” 

To find out more about future events in our area, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/south-gloucestershire-council-2479844242