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Forest of Flowers

Twilight Nature Walk - Bats, Moths and More

Join us at twilight for an exciting evening of nature watching! Our guided walk will showcase our thriving population of bats, moths, owls and any other nocturnal wildlife we can find.

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Twilight Nature Walk - Bats, Moths and More
Twilight Nature Walk - Bats, Moths and More

Time & Location

May 12, 2023, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Forest of Flowers, Home Farm, Tollerton Road, York YO61 1JB, UK

About the event

The Forest of Flowers has a fantastic array of nocturnal wildlife which we hope to showcase during a guided twilight walk. We will have experts on hand to lead discussions on the wide range of species we find. These will include: 

Bats - Expert Paul Bamber will lead our walk at dusk as we witness the bats coming out for the night. We will visit parts of the habitat including woodland, wildflower meadows and ponds, all of which offer a feast of insects for bats, providing the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of these wonderful creatures. We'll also be using bat detectors to pick up their sonar frequency and identify the species. 

At least 5 bat species have been recorded at the Forest of Flowers so far, including Common pipistrelle, Soprano pipistrelle, Noctule, Daubenton's and Brown Long-eared.

Moths - Last year we have recorded over 130 moth species of all shapes and sizes. We will set up a moth trap which harmlessly attracts moths using a bright light. We will then be able to look through the colourful and fascinating array of species together.

Owls - We have lots of owls nesting in our woodland, including tawny and barn owls. We'll be listening out for them at the event and we may even see some in flight.

We'll have hot drinks in our orchard area afterwards, with the chance to chat to our experts and listen out for more wildlife! We hope you can join us for a fantastic evening of nature watching.

Please note: 

- The terrain is uneven and we will be walking in low light levels.

- Please bring your own torch if possible, but ideally no head torches or very bright lights. We will be keeping torchlight to a minimum to enhance the nature experience and help our eyes adjust to darkness, however you may need a torch at certain points in the evening.  

- Walking boots or wellies are highly recommended.

- In case of rain, we may cancel the event and refund tickets. 

About Forest of Flowers

The Forest of Flowers project has created 74 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows plus 17 ponds, with the sole aim to provide a thriving natural sanctuary for wildlife.

The land, previously a mixed arable and sheep farm, was re-purposed in 2016 when over 42,000 trees and shrubs were planted, alongside 35 native wildflower species. This is part of a vision to create a thriving ecosystem to benefit pollinators, birds and a diverse range of native wildlife.

The project also supports:

  • Carbon capture to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • Prevention of flooding in the local area.
  • UK wildflower population, providing seeds from the meadows to other sites nationwide.

By purchasing a ticket you are helping to fund our project and further conservation work. Thank you! 

Visitor Comments from Previous Events 

"Thank you for a most enjoyable, relaxing, varied and informative event. It was a very special, unique and memorable afternoon. The structure was excellent as it was so varied and the activities linked together so well. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and the setting under the gazebo in the orchard was absolutely perfect... and your friendly cat was an added bonus!" - August 2022

"From our perspective it was just the right balance, giving people a chance to learn, share their stories, mix with others, ask questions. As always, your knowledge and enthusiasm shone through and I’m sure everyone found the afternoon useful and interesting." - August 2022

Tickets

  • Twilight Nature Walk

    Initial talk, guided walk and refreshments.

    From £7.00 to £15.00
    • £15.00
      Tax: VAT included
    • £7.00
      Tax: VAT included

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