Punting Bat Safaris Return to the River Cam in Cambridge for 2012

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Scudamore’s Punting Company in Cambridge will once again be running its much-acclaimed punting bat safaris on the River Cam this summer, in partnership with the Wildlife Trust.

A punting bat safari along the River Cam in Cambridge with Scudamore's Punting Company

A punting bat safari along the River Cam in Cambridge with Scudamore's Punting Company

We hope people will come away with a greater understanding of these important mammals

To coincide with the International Year of the Bat, Scudamore's Punting Company will be running weekly punting bat safaris towards Grantchester Meadows in partnership with The Wildlife Trust. These guided trips will be led by a wildlife expert and will include use of specialist bat detectors.

Aimed at adults and children alike, the 90-minute bat safari will provide a thorough introduction to one of nature’s most amazing and often misunderstood creatures and the star of last year’s British Waterways’ Wildlife Survey, the bat.

Tours start on May 18th and will run until the middle of September, departing shortly after dusk each Friday night. Expert guides will outline the notable characteristics and habitats of bats likely to be encountered on the trip and give tuition on how to use the detectors.

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 the experts, customers will be able to identify exactly what bats are flying close to the punts.

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.

Rod Ingersent, Managing Director at Scudamore's, said: "As well as identifying specific bats, our experts 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 people will come away with a greater understanding of these important mammals."

ABOUT SCUDAMORE'S PUNTING COMPANY

Punts were introduced to Cambridge as pleasure craft in Edwardian times. One of the pioneers of punt hire was Mr F. Scudamore, who founded his business in 1910, quickly establishing punting as Cambridge’s favourite pastime. Today, Scudamore’s Punting Company own the world’s largest fleet of punts, with over 150 craft available for hire along two routes.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For press visits, high resolution pictures or further information, please contact:

Robin Woolley
Scudamore's Punting Company Ltd
Granta Place
Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RS
UK

Tel: +44-1223-359750
Email: robin(dot)woolley(at)scudamores(dot)com

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