Last Updated March 2017
Priory Country Park
Bedford MK41 9SH Tel 01234 718012 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB This is a new number, the Rangers have been moved out of their office at Priory and now have an office offsite. They are therefore not in the office much, but they do have a working ansaphone.
Every year the park rangers organise a series of bat walks at Priory and the bat group goes along to help. Places are limited to twenty people. A pleasant stroll around water bodies & woodland with bat detectors, while keeping a record of bat activity. A great way to get fresh air in the dark, learn more and see the bats in action. Comfy walking shoes and a torch are recommended. We provide bat detectors.
suitable for those with limited mobility .
You can expect good views of pipistrelles over the paths , Daubenton’s Bat on the finger lakes and Noctules flying overhead. This is also the only known site in the county for Nathusius pipistrelles.
This is suitable for people with limited mobility
The first phase of this project is now complete and has been written up by Daniel Fellman and Bob Cornes.It was published in the Bedfordshire Naturalist Volume 69 Part 1. 2014. It was also featured in The Bat Conservation Trust’s Bat News. You can read it here: Bat Boxes at Priory Country Park Those boxes which are showing wear and tear will not be replaced but Danny is continuing to monitor the remaining boxes
Last year Schwegler boxes are installed and these will also be monitored
Bat walks 2017
These popular free bat walks are usually fully booked, so you are advised to make early bookings. Places are limited to 20 . Bedfordshire Bat Group members help out
Dates for 2017
Friday 12 May at 20:30 Friday 21 July at 21:00 Friday 18 August at 20:00 Friday 8 September at 19:30
Book with the Park Rangers.
Any bat group member that wants to help out, please contact Danny – the more the merrier
In addition the Bat Group organises walks at Priory for groups, so if there are at least ten of your friends interested ( maximum 20) get in touch and we will see what we can do.
Bats and Boats
Open to the public.These are not effected by the cuts as they were always done as a voluntary basis.They are run from the Viking Kayak club in Central Bedford and you will watch bats from a rafted canoe,paddled by Viking Kayak Club members a spectacular way to spend an evening. Contact the Priory Rangers to book a place.
Dates for 2017
- August 8th 20:30
- August 22nd 20:00
Photo Bob Cornes
Read about Bats and Boats 2011 bats and boats
River Ouse Surveys
An ongoing project. The Viking Kayak Club has been taking us along the river for several years now. Places fill quickly. This project has helped us to identify Bat hot spots along the River Ouse.. The map below shows the distribution of pipistrelles.
Members only, book with Danny
Dates for 2017
- May 9th 20:10
- June 6th 20:45
- July 4th 20:50