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Phytology Bat Sanctuary Project

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Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Middleton Street

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E2 9RR

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Phytology is launching a new bat sanctuary project – extending the natural resources of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve to accomodate an urban bat population. The development of the bat sanctuary is the natural next step in our ongoing biodiversity improvement programme. Over the spring and summer months our resident ecologist Olly Edmonds is hosting a series of public events exploring the world of bats in the city. The following workshops lead on from our first sold out Workshop on the 13th May that kickstarted our bat program. These workshops can be taken individually, or as a series.


Workshop 2 - Construct Bat Habitat | Saturday 10th June | 11:00-13:00

Help construct and install bat boxes within the reserve with Construction Youth and artist DJ Simpson, to enhance the habitat for bats within the reserve and the surrounding local area. Bat boxes are important features for bats particularly in urban environments. DJ will be discussing the role of the contemporary artist within the urban landscape and his approach to working with the bat boxes as a sculpture. All materials and equipment will be provided and visitors will leave with the knowledge, skills and instructions on how to go about enhancing bat roosting habitat in their own gardens and local greenspaces.


Workshop 3 - Bat detecting along the canal - the basics in echolocation | Saturday 15th July | 20:30 - 22:30

Join us for an evening of bat detecting along a walk from Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve taking in Mile End Park and the Regents Canal. The walk will take us through a variety of different habitats which bats like to use for feeding and commuting and we may encounter a number of different species. We will listen to the distinct echolocation calls made by bats with detectors which will be provided. Do bring a torch and warm waterproof clothes as it may get chilly once the sun goes down. A meal cooked on the campfire will help us to warm up once we arrive in Bethnal Green and if the skies are clear there will be the opportunity to try your hand at moon light printing.


Workshop 4 - Bat detecting & monitoring in Hampstead Heath | Saturday 12th August | 20:00 - 22:00

Phytology takes a field trip in August and we will be on the lookout for bats in Hampstead Heath. Using bats detectors, we will try to watch and listen to the bats found on the heath. We have a good chance of encountering up to four species including Britain’s biggest bat the noctule. We will discuss novel techniques for monitoring biodiversity in urban environments and how this can help us to understand, value and protect what is living around us here in London. Meet at the East Heath Road entrance of Hampstead Heath (corner of East Heath Road and Well Walk. Please bring a torch and coat in case of wet weather (We will go ahead in light rain).

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Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Middleton Street

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E2 9RR

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