Families got the chance to get closer to some nocturnal nature when Graylingwell Park in Chichester hosted its very own bat and moth night.
Torrential rain didn’t deter about 30 people turning up at Graylingwell Chapel in August to join in – but sadly it did put off the bats which don’t like very wet weather and kept themselves dry in their roosts that evening!
However, the conditions were far better for trapping moths seeking shelter, and in the morning an array of species were found in the containers, ready to be inspected by visitors, classified and released unharmed.
Community wildlife officer Sarah Hughes, from the local Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, said: “It was real neighbourhood event attracting all sorts of people, young and old, and was a great way to show people the variety of nature that they live alongside.”
Graylingwell Park is the biggest zero-carbon development in the country and features its own combined heat and energy centre, 1,812 square metres of solar panels, an off-site wind turbine and comprehensive home insulation.
Linden Homes Guildford managing director Peter Youll said: “I’m glad that despite the rain, everyone had a good time. This kind of wildlife event is perfectly suited to a place like Graylingwell Park, which is dedicated to minimising its impact on the environment.”
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