Go batty at wildlife day

Boxing Clever: Robert Potts of Belper and his son Alex, seven, make a bat box as part of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Going Batty event at the Whistlestop Cafe, Matlock Bath.
Boxing Clever: Robert Potts of Belper and his son Alex, seven, make a bat box as part of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Going Batty event at the Whistlestop Cafe, Matlock Bath.

Visitors went batty during a Halloween event in Matlock Bath.

The day ay Whistlestop Countryside Centre saw families get hands-on to help bats by learning how to make bat boxes suitable for them to hibernate in this winter.

The event on Tuesday was run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Education officer Jill Leheup said: “Plenty of people came along.

“Families made bat boxes to take home to put them on the side of their houses or on trees in their gardens. The boxes are guaranteed success as we cast a spell on them too”

She added: “Events like this are important because a lot of families want to help wildlife and it’s a great way of doing that and learning new skills. It’s a good time of year to be thinking about bats because of Halloween and also because it’s hibernation time for them.”

The day also saw a ‘Deadly Detective’ event take place which saw youngsters solving clues to find out who had carried out wildlife crimes, such a raiding birds nests and which creature had eaten who.

For more details about Derbyshire Wildlife Trust call 01773 881188.