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Walkers brave night on Ilkley Moor to see the bats
11:40am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
By the light of a bright moon, ten people braved a nocturnal walk on Ilkley Moor to discover the creatures of the night.
The guided walk was organised by the Friends of Ilkley Moor (FOIM) to give people an opportunity to discover nocturnal wildlife.
FOIM project officer, Tracy Gray, said: “The group were surprised to learn how many animals become active during dusk and throughout the night: foxes, badgers, mice, rabbits, deer, moles, owls, bats, stoats, migrating birds navigating by the stars, great crested newts, slugs, hedgehogs, moths and many more.”
Armed with infra-red binoculars and a bat detector, the group climbed to the high moor, through pine stands and around the tarns to see what wildlife was about.
They detected bats and heard birds. The participants were taught how to observe nocturnal mammals, how bats use echo-location, why a bat detector is used to observe bats, what bats eat and where they sleep.