Spotlight on Midhurst’s night life

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AN evening of walks and talk on nocturnal wildlife around Midhurst’s Grange Centre was organised by the volunteer South Pond Group.

It was followed by a daytime session and people of all ages joined in to learn more about their surroundings.

Volunteers from the county’s bat and moth groups, Jane Willmott, and Dave and Penny Green, answered questions and introduced the group to some live bats brought along by Jane which were being cared for by the Bat Hospital and were unable to be released.

Everyone then headed into the Grange Centre to enjoy a barbecue prepared by the staff as a celebration of the success of the work at South Pond so far.

After dark the group headed off for a guided walk with bat detectors while the experts set up a moth trap so they could be collected unharmed and identified, before bring released back into their natural environment.

The bat walk revealed three species, the Pipistrelle, Serotine, and the water specialist Daubentons.

South Pond Group’s next event will be a conservation work party on August 22, and they will also have a stand at the MADhurst festival finale on August 31.

The full programme of events can be found here South Pond Group

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