On 11 October, Lambardes went on a bat walk, led by Mr & Mrs Vincent. We met at dusk at 6:30pm in front of the Space. We were given a brief, and then equipped with bat detectors. These converted high frequency sound waves above the limits of human hearing, into clicking noises able for humans to hear. As the brief went on, it started getting darker by the second, and by the end, it was almost complete darkness.
Setting off, we walked down to the Sennoke Centre, and up onto Dukes Meadow. We (mostly pointed towards the boys) were warned about not getting too close to the lake in the middle of the field, as to not have to deal with any wet and cold children. After waiting for quite some time, walking around silently as we could (this for Lambardes isn’t the easiest thing to achieve) and finally, we caught sight of a bat, flying overhead. The clicking of the detectors from the bats was almost alien-like.
We carried on to the athletics track, and after running round and coming back to the finish, we hadn’t heard any bats, so we walked down to the Sennoke Centre and through the tunnel towards Lambardes. Once again, the bat detectors did the work for us, and we did see many black silhouettes of bats circling the trees.
Returning to Lambardes we were informed about the Lambardes bat, which apparently is always here. This being right, we did hear another clicking indicating a bat, but we could not find it. A final thank you and goodbye topped of the evening, followed by everyone filing back into Lambardes and in front of the computers in no time.
Tuesday 29 November 2011
by Charlotte Hails