Bat walk in Stevenage aims to educate people about often misunderstood creatures

The walk is taking place Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage.

The walk is taking place Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. - Credit: Daniel Wilson

A bat walk in a Stevenage park aims to educate people about these often misunderstood creatures.

Before the group sets off on a tour around Fairlands Valley Park they will be introduced to a live bat and see how the animals live, hunt and communicate.

Roger Havard is an enthusiast from the Herts and Middlesex Bat Group. He said: “Most people have no idea what bats look like. All their ideas are usually generated from horror movies or cartoons. They’re amazed to see how cute and furry they are.”

Roger holds a special licence to look after injured bats that would not be able to survive in the wild if released. He will show these to the group before they sets off around the lake in search of wild pipistrelle and Daubenton bats.

He said they are attracted to the lake because they eat midges which live close to water.

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He said: “A pipistrelle weighs around five grams will eat around 3,000 midges a night and a Daubenton is slightly larger and eats even more.”

The walk has been organised by Stevenage Borough Council and will take place on Wednesday between 7.45pm and 9.45pm. For more call and to book a place call 01438 218800.

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