A chance to learn more about bats

NATURE lovers of all ages are being offered two opportunities to watch bats at close quarters.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s ecologist and well-known bat expert Ian Bond will be on hand to help with identifications and provide information about the fascinating furry flyers.

Mr Bond said: “Unless we are unlucky with the weather, both walks will provide close encounters with pipistrelle bats and hopefully views of the much larger noctule bats, which are on the wing before dusk.

“We will have a number of electronic bat detectors which make locating the bats easy and above all great fun.”

The first free bat walk takes place on Sunday, between 8pm and 9.30pm, at the Greatham Beck Local Nature Reserve on the edge of the Fens Estate.

People should meet at the Newark Road Pumping Station.

The second event on Sunday, August 28, is also between 8pm and 9.30pm, around Greatham village.

The meeting place is the Wheatsheaf Statue near the Community Centre on the village green.

Participants are asked to bring a torch and there is no need to book.

For more information, ring the countryside team on (01429) 853325.