Friday, 30th May 2014: 8.45pm

Bat walk at Hackfall Woods, Masham (SE231775)

This event is organised jointly with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty through which bookings must be made in advance.  Meet at Hackfall car park, on the Grewelthorpe to Masham Road. Cost: £5 per adult, under 16s free. Booking essential. Book via Nidderdale AONB 

Hackfall Woods is a property of the Woodland Trust. It is an extensive semi-natural broadleaved woodland on the steep slopes above the River Ure. In 1731 John Aislabie (who had carried out extensive landscaping works at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal) bought the estate, which passed to his son William on his death. William created a woodland landscaped garden at Hackfall including a number of follies and a dramatic fountain, some of which have been restored.

This bat walk will follow the various trails through the wood which can be steep and muddy – be sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring a torch. During the walk we should see and hear a range of bats including Soprano & Common Pipistrelles and Daubenton’s.

Saturday, 7th June 2014: 11am

Talk All About Bats

St. Andrew's Church, Grinton

John Drewett will give a talk about bats and their conservation at St. Andrew's Church as part of the Swaledale Festival.  The church supports roosts of at least two species of bats.  Refreshments will be available.  Free event.  No need to book.  For more information please visit

Saturday, 7th June 2014: 9.30pm

Bat Watch

St. Andrew's Church, Grinton

Come along to watch the bats as they emerge from their roosts in the church and start to forage over the churchyard and listen in on our bat detectors.  No need to book.  Free event.  Part of the Swaledale Festival .