Bat Safari: A new punting expedition on the River Cam in partnership with The Wildlife Trust

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This summer Scudamore’s Punting Company are launching a new chauffeur tour with a wildlife theme. Aimed at adults and children alike, this 90 minute excursion will provide a thorough introduction to one of nature’s most amazing and often misunderstood creatures – the bat.

Despite there being nearly 1,100 different species of bats, few people appreciate the vital ecological role that these fascinating creatures play in sustaining our world.

This summer Scudamore’s Punting Company are launching a new chauffeur tour with a wildlife theme. Aimed at adults and children alike, this 90 minute excursion will provide a thorough introduction to one of nature’s most amazing and often misunderstood creatures – the bat.

To coincide with the International Year of the Bat we will be running weekly bat safaris towards Grantchester Meadows in partnership with The Wildlife Trust. These trips will be led by a wildlife expert and will include use of specialist bat detectors.

Beginning at the end of May and running until the middle of September, these unique tours will depart shortly after dusk each Friday night. Your expert guide will outline the notable characteristics and habitats of bats likely to be encountered on your trip and teach you how to use the detectors.

As well as identifying specific bats, your expert will give an overview of the most common species of bat and how they interact with their habitat and the environment in general. We hope you will come away with a greater understanding of these important mammals.

Despite there being nearly 1,100 different species of bats, few people appreciate the vital ecological role that these fascinating creatures play in sustaining our world. Whether it is pollinating flowers or dispersing fruit seeds, bats are at the forefront of many important natural processes.

The hand-held detectors convert the bats’ biological sonar signals into audible frequencies. Different species of bats operate at different frequencies and the ear can be trained to recognise specific calls. With the help of your expert, you will be able identify exactly what bats are flying close to your punt.

Bat Safari Friday 20th May through to Friday 9th September 2011
Booking Information
Booking hotline: 01223 359750
Ticket prices: Adult £15, Concession £13.50 and Child £7.50 (50% of proceeds to The Wildlife Trust)
First tour: Friday 20th May
Last tour: Friday 9th September
Departure time: Dusk (check website for specific departure times)

Public Tours depart from Scudamore's Punting Company Ltd
Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RS

Private Tours may be booked for other nights, availability of guides permitting
All tours depart around dusk. Sunset times may vary.
Early & Late Summer @ 8.00pm
Mid Summer @ 8.30-8.45pm
Please check website for specific departure times

E-mail: enquiries(at)scudamores(dot)com
http://www.scudamores.com
http://twitter.com/scudamorespunts

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