Bat and stargazing walk: a nocturnal nature experience
Thursday 3 September, 7.15pm to 9.45pm
Meet the creatures of the night at Sharpham!
See bats and stars (hopefully) on this very special event that awakens your senses to nature at night-time.
The Sharpham Estate beside the River Dart hosts various bats, while our streetlamp-free dark skies are perfect for stargazing on a clear night.
We’re one of the few places in the UK and Europe where the Greater Horseshoe Bat can be found.
And we are home to Lesser Horseshoes and other types of bat too.
We’re partnering with the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project and the Devon Wildlife Trust on this event, so you’ll find out more about this endangered mammal, you’ll try bat detecting and hopefully you’ll witness these elusive mammals in Sharpham’s grounds.
You'll be using bat listening devices that you can tune to the frequency of these incredible animals, eavesdropping on their echo-location sounds as they hunt for food.
Here is the sound of Lesser Horseshoe bats, as they leave their roost behind Sharpham House and head out to forage:
This packed event also includes – clouds permitting! – a tour of the night-sky, thanks to Dartmoor Skies
Using supplied astronomy kit, you’ll see celestial objects including stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and more!
Dartmoor Skies leaders share fascinating facts and observations, helping you to understand the night sky - and perhaps continue your astronomy after this event.
If it is cloudy, there will be an introduction to astronomy with lots of hints and tips so that you can explore the sky for yourselves when you get home, and a fun illustrated talk on Devon's bats.
This event has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This day is for you if you are:
- Adults and children of any age and experience looking to discover more about nocturnal wilderness and the night sky
- Interested in learning more about the natural world
- A fan of the Great Outdoors
- Looking for a fascinating, family event
What should you bring?
- Snack - bring a healthy snack if you get peckish along the way
- Good comfy shoes or wellies
- Paper and pen if you want to take notes
- Camera if you want to take pictures
- Bottle of water
- If you have your own bat detector do bring it along
Above: Jupiter (right) and Saturn shining above The Great Run at Sharpham, in a long exposure shot taken by Rob of Dartmoor Skies
Greater Horseshoe Bat close-up by Phil Richardson
This event takes place on Thursday 3 September, from 7.15pm to 9.45pm
7.15 – Welcome and hot drink in the South Wing behind Sharpham House.
7.25pm - Introductory talk with slides by Helen Parr of the Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Project and Bryony & Rob from Dartmoor Skies (aimed at families / kids).
8.10pm – 9.30pm –PLEASE NOTE: If the weather is bad there will be slide shows by the visiting experts indoors
Meet outside the Coachyard at the rear of Sharpham House.
Click here for directions and how to find the Coachyard at The Sharpham Trust.
Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Funding, we have a number of free places on this event for adults and children, for those who would find it hard to attend otherwise.
Adult £6 – standard cost (helps support and sustain the work of The Sharpham Trust)
Adult £3 – subsidised cost for those who need it (still helps Sharpham)
Adult free – fully funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for people on low incomes or unwaged
Children (age 6 – 17) free - fully funded by The National Lotter Heritage Fund
There is a maximum of 2 children aged 6-13 per adult. Minimum age of 6 years old to attend this event.
Babes in arms welcome
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.