Go batty for nature with the rangers of Chamber Wood

RANGERS are inviting nature lovers to go in search of bats in Chambers Farm Wood on Friday, July 20.

The 360-hectare Forestry Commission beauty spot, near Wragby, is a hot spot for bats, some species of which are on the European Protected Species list.

Sensitive management of the site has meant nine species of bat can be found in the wood, including a maternity colony of barbastelle bats which was found a few years ago.

Rangers patrol the site with electronic detectors designed to tune into a bat’s echo location system and they will lead a 
twilight trek through the wood 
to listen to bats feeding with their young.

Hannah Darcel, a ranger at the site, said: “Bats are quite amazing creatures, but often misunderstood.

“Chambers is a great place to find out about them.”

The discovery of the barbastelles was made using an electronic detector such as that used on the trek and the species is so rare that there are only a handful of known maternity sites in the UK

The walk starts at 9pm and costs £5 per person.

Booking is required and those interested should contact Hannah on 01623 82145 or email hannah.darcel@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .