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NEWS RELEASE No: 1391211 AUGUST 2010

Bats boxing clever in Chopwell Wood!

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Brown long eared bat

Forest chiefs are going batty over the vibrant wildlife in Chopwell Woodland Park.

The Forestry Commission and Friends of Chopwell Wood are staging a twilight bat walk in the 900-acre beauty spot, near High Spen, Rowlands Gill, on 20 August.

Chopwell is home to …….. bat species and experts will be shedding light on the creature, quite literally, by flashing a torch over the River Derwent to spot low flying Daubenton’s bats.

The trek sets out at 8pm from the Lintzford lay-by one mile west of Rowland’s Gill on the A694 and costs £3 adults and £1 children.

Before donning walking boots, crafty nature fans can get busy making bat boxes to provide a des res for the flying mammal, which can be either taken home or left to be erected in the wood. The session is free, or costs £3 if you want to take the box home. It takes place at 6.15pm on the same evening as the bat walk, meeting at Chopwell Woodland Park’s classroom.

Booking is required for both events on 01388 488312.

Richard Gilchrist, Chief Recreation Ranger, said:

“Chopwell is a really good place for bats, offering an excellent diversity of habitats and plenty of scope to find food and shelter.”

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Richard Darn on 01226 246351, or 0775 367 0038.