We got a tweet from Neville Radford recently asking us what this was?
Do you know what it is? No? OK – we’ll let you in on it.
Over the years we have tried to protect the wildlife that dwells in our parks, green spaces and gardens. I’m sure you’d agree, we’ve all been witness to the quite dramatic changes in the nation’s countryside.
Loss of habitat, fewer hedgerows, ponds and woodlands, increasing rural building encroaching ever further into the countryside and the ever-present climate change; have resulted in a vastly different countryside to the one that I know for myself, I grew up in.
Semi-rural and urban environments are no different with even the changes in domestic gardens (from grassed areas with flowers/vegetables etc to paving/decked areas) all making an impact on wildlife numbers in recent years.
Neville asked us what the picture was of at West Park, Wolverhampton. Of course, you knew all along that it was a bat box! One of the many that we put up throughout our parks and green spaces. At various times throughout the year, we hold ‘Bat and Moth Nights’; where we invite our visitors to view our nocturnal friends and use bat detectors. Many of our visitors now bring their own equipment too.
The environment and countryside rangers have a whole heap of reference books and material that can be viewed and we talk about the types of bats that can be seen at each particular site. The children have as much fun as adults in identifying species.
At many of our events we give our visitors the opportunity to build and take away their own bat or bird box at no cost.
If you would be interested in attending an event of this type, get in touch.
Until next time – enjoy ‘Wolverhampton’s Great Outdoors’ in this beautiful sunshine.
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Image of bat box Neville Radford