This is the first of two visits made annually by members of the Bat Group to check the bat boxes and roosts. Several different box designs are favoured by several different species of bat and trainee bat workers usually have plenty of opportunites to identify and handle the animals, an important part of their training. The second visit is in October.
Steve monitors the presense of dormice by checking their nest boxes a few times a year but they remain extremely elusive, we might see a nest (plus nesting birds, woodmice etc.)
This will be a circular walk down into the wooded valley west of the village, an area that Sue and Gill discovered last year (see Gill's photo below) and is very lovely, especially at this time of year with new leaves on the trees and surely a Cuckoo or two.
Plenty of habitats for wildlife with disused quarries, pools and springs connected by footpaths and bridle ways.
Unless told otherwise, dogs on leads will be fine (I will check); we need to be aware of ground nesting birds in the more open areas.