Armstrong's Wood, the autumn roost and nest box check (Bat Group)

08/10/2017 - 2:00pm
08/10/2017 - 4:30pm
Contact:
Tony 01579 370433 Email: downgatebatman@yahoo.co.uk
Event Leader:
Tony Atkinson and Steve Robbins
Meeting:
Entrance to the reserve at SX322774 just off the road and down from the hill where you can park.

These woods are one of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's nature reserves and normally not open to the public. They are above the river Inny and just down from the village of Trebullett.

The Bat Group monitors the woods for bats and they will be checking the roosts, trying to determine numbers and species. Some of the bats will be carefully handled by licensed or trainee bat workers so there is usually an opportunity for people to see the bats in close-up and learn more about them. They are fascinating animals.

The woods are lovely in autumn and there are usually some fungi to identify (often a challenge). The presence of dormice is certain but they are reluctant to use the nest boxes and prefer to remain elusive but Steve will lead a small group around as he opens each box and although dormice are unlikely, we may see wood mice or shrews.

Our group will provide refreshments at the end of the afternoon (which is why we get invited!). And there's time to chat and catch up on wildlife news.

Families are welcome to bring children but please leave dogs at home.

We will be walking mostly along paths but there is one small scramble and one steepish climb. If the weather is bad, then please contact Tony in case we have to cancel.  

Equipment & Booking:
Good walking boots and dress for the weather. Camera/phone, binoculars, note book. No dogs because of the farmland.