Bat, moth and stargazing walk: a nocturnal nature experience
Friday 14 September, 7pm to 9pm
Meet the creatures of the night at Sharpham!
See bats, moths 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 and moths, 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.
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 also be able to tour moth traps provided by the Devon Moth Group to see close-up how beautiful and diverse moths are, and discover more about their fascinating life-styles.
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!
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 Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Discovering Sharpham project
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
- 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
This event takes place on Friday 14 September, from 7pm to 9pm
7pm – Introduction to the evening by Helen (Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project) and Bryony (Dartmoor Skies)
7.30pm – Bat detecting around Sharpham’s formal and woodland gardens with Helen Parr, looking at where moth traps are set up on route.
8pm – Stargazing with Dartmoor Skies on Sharpham’s croquet lawn.
8.30pm – Moth identification with Peter (Devon Moth Group) and more time to stargaze!
Meet outside the Coachyard at the rear of Sharpham House.
Click here for directions and how to find the Coachyard at The Sharpham Trust.
This event costs £5 per person.
This day has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Discovering Sharpham project