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British Gypsum goes batty for Halloween

Thursday 19th October

British Gypsum goes batty for Halloween

A spooky night-time walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham, has helped a team from British Gypsum get in the mood for Hallowe’en. 

The focus for the torchlit walk was bats, with experts from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (NWT) advising on how to listen and look out for the winged creatures.

Attenborough Nature Reserve, managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – a former sand and gravel quarry– is home to 10 of the 12 recorded species of bat in Nottinghamshire, including brown long-eared, whiskered and pipistrelle (common, soprano and Nathusius) bat species. 

The event kicked off with a talk from Angelena Efstathiou, a NWT volunteer and member of the local Nottinghamshire Bat Group who has a wide ecological expertise and a special interest in bat conservation.  She explained how bats emit different frequency noises and gave the visiting group bat detectors to allow them to pick up these frequencies during the walk.  As dusk fell the British Gypsum group accompanied Angelena on a walk around the Reserve.   

British Gypsum has a commitment to supporting and enhancing biodiversity across its operational sites, and, through its partnership with NWT, also aims to support county-wide sites and projects which focus on the importance of wildlife.

British Gypsum’s Head of Environment and Compliance, Heidi Barnard, who was part of the bat walk group, said: “The talk and the walk were fascinating.  Having an opportunity to look out for the various species of bats with an expert alongside to answer any questions made the event even more enjoyable.  And whilst the evening weather was not kind to us or appealing to the bats, we learned a lot about these much-misunderstood animals and how important it is to continue to protect them.”

Angelena added: “This was a fun, spooky event with a serious message!  Attenborough Nature Reserve is an important habitat for bats in this area.  Many species declined dramatically during the late 20th Century and some species are now quite rare and have restricted ranges. Much of this decline has been caused by the destruction of roost sites and habitat loss.  This event – just before Hallowe’en - was a good opportunity to spread the word about the importance of protecting bat sites.”

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