Meet the nocturnal residents of Knepp Wildland on a night time safari. Learn about the wonderful variety of UK bats and how to identify these enchanting little mammals. We’ll see some bats in the hand, kindly on loan from the Sussex Bat Hospital.
We’ll also look at colourful moths from traps set the night before, from the bright pink-and-yellow elephant hawk-moth through to the buff-tip - the moth that thinks it’s a twig - and other delightful moths like the setaceous Hebrew character, rosy footman and chocolate-tip.
With bat detectors in hand, we’ll stroll into the darkness in search of bats feeding over the ponds and along the hedgerows. 13 out of the UK’s 17 breeding species of bat have been recorded at Knepp, attracted here by our burgeoning insect population.
Picking up their high frequency echolocation calls, we’ll seek out these different species as they emerge to hunt - like Daubenton’s bat which skims over Knepp lake using its large feet to fish insects from the water’s surface; and the common pipistrelle, which, though weighing less than a £1 coin, can eat 3,000 insects in a night.
This is a walking safari at a gentle pace for about 1 ½ hours, with frequent stops. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground in dark conditions. At the end of our Safari we’ll break for a glass of wine and some cheese straws under the stars.
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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over