Bat and stargazing walk: a nocturnal nature experience

Sunday 1 September, 7.15pm to 9.45pm

Meet the creatures of the night at Sharpham!

Horseshoe bats at Sharpham

See bats and stars (hopefully) on this very special event that awakens your senses to nature at night-time.

Greater Horseshoe Bat - picture by Hugh ClarkThe Sharpham Estate beside the River Dart hosts various bats, while our streetlamp-free dark skies are perfect for stargazing on a clear night.Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

We’re one of the few places in the UK and Europe where the Greater Horseshoe Bat can be found.

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.

We will have a chance to have a look at some of our beautiful nocturnal moths that come in to our moth trap at the end of the event as well.

Dartmoor Skies at SharphamThis 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!

If it is cloudy, there will be a short introduction to astronomy with lots of hints and tips so that you can explore the sky for yourselves when you get home.

This event has been supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

Picture credits: Greater Horseshoe Bat close-up by Phil Richardson; Hanging bat by Hugh Clark; Andromeda, Dartmoor Skies.

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
  • Hat
  • Torch
  • Waterproofs
  • 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

stargazing at The Sharpham Trust

This event takes place on Sunday 1 September, from 7.15pm to 9.45pm

7.15 – Introduction by Lizzy Mooney of the Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Project and Bryony from Dartmoor Skies

7.30 – Dusk bat safari with bat detectors

8.30 – Hot drink or squash provided

8.40 – 9.30/9.45pm – Intro to Astronomy & Star gazing (families with younger kids are welcome to leave a little earlier)

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.The Coachyard at Sharpham

Click here for directions and how to find the Coachyard at The Sharpham Trust.

This event costs £5 per person. Babes in arms go free.

This day has been supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

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